Wentzville School damaged in storm, clean-up to take a week in St. Louis

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WENTZVILLE, MO. (KTVI) – Strong wind took down trees, power lines and even parts of older buildings in St. Louis City.  St. Louis City Operations Director Eddie Roth said there were no fatalities and a small number of minor injuries.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said his department received dozens of calls for downed power lines and downed trees.  The wind even caused a number of accidents including one on the Poplar Street Bridge.

“A tractor trailer that was traveling eastbound overturned,” said Dotson.

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said his firefighters went on an estimated 200 runs during a 3 hour period.  He said his department would work with the building department to assess whether any buildings needed to be condemned due to wind damage.

One unoccupied building near Grand and Interstate 70 had major damage.  It was an older, brick building.

“I looked out and I could not believe that this building was half gone,” said Candice Israelsen.  She lives next-door to the collapsed structure.

“Wind was blowing everything sideways.  You couldn’t even see down the street,” said Israelsen.

There was major tree damage along Tower Grove Park.  Sol Rabushka saw one giant tree snap in half.

“It was like instant change, nice bright cheerful and then bam,” said Rabushka.

Gary Welsh lives on Magnolia and watched as the wind uprooted a tree that fell on top of his pickup truck and his wife’s new car.

“We never expected anything like this,” said Welsh.

Jenkerson warned residents that leaves could cover downed power lines.  He asked anyone seeing a downed power to line call 911.

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