Flooding along the Mississippi River is forcing some St. Charles County residents out of their homes. That's because the Lincoln-Shield levee along the Mississippi River was breached Monday evening.
West Alton officials and the Rivers Pointe Fire Chief issued an alert about 8:30 p.m. advising residents to evacuate. The evacuation order is voluntary, not mandatory.
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for eastern St. Charles County through 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The weather service also warned that “residents living on streams and creeks should take immediate precautions.”
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that southbound Highway 67 was closed between the Clark Bridge and Highway 94 as a result of the flooding after a temporary barricade erected by MoDOT failed. Northbound 67 remains open at this hour.
The Solar Impulse is on the ground at Lambert Airport.
The solar-powered airplane took off Monday morning from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport bound for St. Louis -- some 560 miles away. The plane landed at Lambert about 1:30 Tuesday morning.
The project was aimed at building a solar-powered airplane that could fly day and night without fuel. They succeeded with a 21-hour 21-minute flight to St. Louis, the longest so far for Solar Impulse.
The storms that swept through St. Louis Friday night damaged a hangar that was going to house the plane while at Lambert, and that created another opportunity for the Solar Impulse team. They deployed the plane's own inflatable hangar for the first time during a mission. The revolutionary, ultra-light structure was designed for use during their planned flight around the world in 2015.
Boeing employees will be heading back to work Tuesday morning after Friday's storms knocked out power to the Hazelwood facility, forcing it to close.
Some buildings were still in the dark Monday night, forcing the aerospace company to cancel work for many third shift employees overnight.
Company officials say that by 3:30 Tuesday morning, Ameren crews had restored power to all Boeing buildings. First shift employees are expected to report to work.
Authorities say one person is dead after an accident on the Page Extension. The accident happened at Bennington Place. The only vehicle visible on traffic cameras was a pickup truck. No word on the cause of the accident and the victim's name has not been released.
GODFREY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a woman's decision to bring her pet monkey to a dog outing in a park went awry when the primate bit a boy.
Madison County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Dixon says the 6-year-old was treated a hospital for lacerations and bite marks to his arm after Sunday's confrontation in Godfrey, northeast of St. Louis.
Dixon says the monkey's owner brought the java macaque and her dog to the yearly "Bark in the Park" event. Dixon says both animals were on a leash, but the monkey's possessive of the dog. So when a boy tried to pet the dog, the monkey chomped.
Dixon says the woman hasn't been ticketed or charged. But he says the county's animal-control agency is investigating.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois public health officials say the state's confirmed the year's first batch of mosquitoes that have the West Nile virus.
Officials said Monday that the mosquitoes were found in the Cook County community of Hillside.
Last year, the virus was found in 55 of the state's counties and nearly 300 people contracted the illness. Twelve died.
No human cases have been found so far this year.
LaMar Hasbrouck is the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. He says the spring flooding is causing an increase in mosquitoes - both the kind that carry the virus and those that don't.
Most people with West Nile will never show symptoms, but for others it can be fatal.
During his reelection campaign, Mayor Slay unveiled the first Sustainability Plan for St. Louis. The Mayor also presented a 29-point agenda to implement the plan.
Many questions remain: What is sustainability? How can the city become more sustainable? How can the public help?
KTRS' Colin Jeffery spoke to city officials about those concerns and will present their answers during a week-long series.
"Ultimately, it's making St. Louis cleaner, healthier, more vibrant, more fun and safer." That is how Mayor Francis Slay defines sustainability.
The Mayor is taking the lead on the effort, but creating a sustainable city requires a team effort. He brought in Catherine Werner to captain the effort. She serves as the city's first ever Sustainability Director. She tells me sustainability goes beyond just thinking 'green'. "We're were talking about not just the environmental aspects but also from the social and economic realms", says Werner.
The next step in promoting the plan was to take on strategic partners in the private sector. That is when the city turned to Washington University and their sustainability director Phil Valko, "We are working to meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability to future generations to meet their needs at the same quality of life or better"
So what is sustainability? It's a multifaceted approach to make the city of St Louis and the region at large a better place to live now and down the road.
On Wednesday we will look at how teams are coming together to solve the problem in any urban area--what to do with vacant lots.
St. Charles officials are now urging residents of West Alton to prepare for a possible evacuation. The area is expected to flood, but the severity remains to be seen. Residents should be making plans to secure their homes and property if an evacuation order is necessary.
A hearing is scheduled for tonight in Ballwin to determine the future of an indoor shooting range.
The American Arms and Supply Company will ask the zoning commission to change the city codes to allow for the indoor range to be built on the site of a former Rothman Furniture.
The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held at the Ballwin Golf Course Clubhouse starting at 7 p.m.
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a man accused of setting a house fire that killed four children.
The mental fitness examination for 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski was requested Monday by James Kelley, his Randolph County public defender.
A hearing on the testing's outcome is scheduled for June 20.
Twardoski has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the May 10 deaths in Percy, a village about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis. The fire killed siblings ages 12, 9 and 5-year-old twins.
The county's state's attorney, Jeremy Walker, has said he doesn't consider the fire random. Although he's declined to say why authorities suspect Twardoski set it or whether Twardoski knew anyone who lived in the home.