City tackles snow storm with shelters, plows, animal hotline

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The City of St. Louis had a long list of challenges in keeping people alive during this latest winter storm.  Officials will open the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Trucks from the Forestry Department staged in front of Soldier’s Memorial on Tucker and Chestnut Streets in Downtown.  The city installed plows on the front, and rolled them out as soon as the snow started sticking to the roads around 6:00am Sunday.

Soldier’s Memorial houses the EOC, where officials hope their decisions will save lives this week.

Streets Director Todd Waeltermann said he had a long night, making sure 50 plows and 75 workers were in place to keep the roads as clear as possible.  He was ready to add 20 more trucks to the arsenal.

St. Louis City also opened its homeless overflow shelter at the 12th and Park Rec Center.  Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff said the center had been able to help all the men, women and children who needed assistance in past storms.

The City also focused on keeping animals healthy.  The Animal Care and Control Department warned people to bring their pets indoors.  They asked anyone who saw a pet in need to call (314) 657-1500.

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