As people continue work to clean up after Friday's storms, Missouri Attorney General is warning homeowners and businesses to be on the lookout for price gouging.
Koster reminds everyone that suddenly and artificially raising prices is illegal. Anyone who feels they have been the victim of price gouging should call the attorney general's office at 800.392.8222.
Anyone found to be in violation of price-gouging laws faces a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.
Changes are on the way to the 136th Veiled Prophet parade.
Mayor Francis Slay is holding a press conference Wednesday morning to detail the additions and changes. A press release also indicates that this year's Grand Marshal will be a "True American Hero" and is the veteran of three wars.
Clean up continues in tornado-damaged Weldon Spring in St Charles County. Whitmoor Golf Course managers off Wolfrum Road now say they hope to reopen the course this weekend after more than 200 trees were toppled or sliced by an EF3 twister Friday night. Several homes were leveled.
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says 350 homes have major damage, with 45-50 homes of those condemned, and 250 with moderate damage.
He says their main concern is safety, along with clean up, helping residents get back into their homes, and making sure that residents are not scammed in the recovery process.
ADVICE FOR ST. CHARLES COUNTY RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE MAY 31 STORM
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – As of June 3, assessments by St. Charles County indicate that 350 homes sustained major damage, with 45-50 homes of these homes condemned, and 250 with moderate damage, due to the May 31 storm.
St. Charles County’s number one concern is safety for the affected residents, along with cleaning up the storm damage, helping residents get back into their homes, and making sure that residents are not scammed in the recovery process. St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and County departments and staff would like to provide the following information for County residents affected by the storm.
Debris from Downed Trees:
• St. Charles County Highway Department’s first priority is to pick up trees and limbs in unincorporated impacted areas East of Highway 94, North of Highway 40/61, South of Friedens Rd., and along Arena Pkwy. Otherwise, Highway Department crews will follow County snow routes adjacent to the defined area, but it may take a week or more until they reach those areas. Residents in the impacted areas should bring the tree and limb debris to the curb; also, residents do not need to schedule pickup nor do they need to bag the debris, and there is no set schedule for when crews will reach particular streets, subdivisions, etc. For questions, please call the St. Charles County Highway Department at (636) 949-7305.
• Please do not mix yard waste and tree limbs with household/construction debris such as shingles and siding. Consult with your local trash disposal service for questions about household/construction debris removal. If yard waste and tree debris is mixed with household/construction debris, none of the debris will be picked up.
• For residents in the storm affected area who have been helping out by taking their own tree debris to the Highway Department facilities on 3890 Greens Bottom Rd. - please be aware there is flooding on Greens Bottom 1/2 mile from Pitman Rd., so you must use Jungs Station Rd. to access the area. You may also take your tree debris to the Highway Department’s Weldon Spring site, 7101 Highway 94, south of Hwy 40/61. These facilities cannot accept commercial tree haulers due to space.
Nonelectrical Construction Debris:
• St. Charles County will be placing dumpsters in the hardest hit areas for nonelectrical construction debris.
Free Recycling of Electronics:
• St. Charles County’s Recycle Works Central, located at 60 Triad South Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304, will recycle damaged electronics for free June 5- 15. For more information, call Recycle Works Central at (636) 949-7900, ext. 4271. The City of St. Charles in sponsorship with WITS, Inc. is holding a free electronics recycling event on June 21 at the Family Arena, as well. For more information, call WITS at (314) 558-0090 or visit the organization online at www.witsinc.org.
Hazards from Electrical Lines:
• Ameren Missouri is restoring service to the County neighborhoods affected by Friday night’s storms, but your own electrical lines may still pose safety hazards.
• Loose electrical lines may be dangerous, and any electrical lines that were exposed to water must be replaced.
• In such cases, Ameren Missouri may disconnect meters until a contractor replaces or repairs the electrical lines that are loose or were exposed to water.
• For questions about electrical lines and services, call Ameren Missouri at 1-800-552-7583
• Please contact a licensed contractor for any required work.
Licenses Required for Certain Contractors:
• If you are in the unincorporated part of St. Charles County – not located in municipal limits – please remember that the County’s ordinances require licenses for certain specialized contractors. These include electrical, plumbing, and HVAC contractors.
• Such licenses are issued by the Division of Building Code Enforcement. To confirm that a license is required or that a contractor has one, call the Division at (636) 949-7345. Information is also available at www.sccmo.org under Departments – Community Development – Permits and Applications.
Permits Required for Structural and Electrical Repairs:
• If you are in the unincorporated part of St. Charles, County ordinances will require permits for structural and electrical repairs. These may be required for other repairs as well.
• Such permits are issued by the Division of Building Code Enforcement. Often, contractors will obtain such permits for the owners they work for, but the legal responsibility for getting those permits is the owners’.
• Owners may call the Division of Building Code Enforcement for more information or to confirm that permits have in fact been issued for their repairs. Please note that the contractor is not done with work until the final inspection has been approved. The Division’s number is (636) 949-7345.
Permits Required for Door-to-Door Solicitation by Repair Contractors:
• Solicitors’ Permits: Outside the County’s municipalities, County ordinances require that solicitors have County licenses and show them to the residents they visit (some of the County’s municipalities have similar ordinances). Ask to see that license, or you may call the Office of the County Registrar at (636) 949-7560 to learn whether a solicitor’s license was issued to the person or company seeking your business. Here’s what such a license looks like:
• Merchants’ Licenses: Throughout the County, merchants who sell at retail or wholesale must have merchants’ licenses. Repair contractors who sell materials and collect sales tax on the sale must have such licenses, which are issued by the County’s Department of Finance. Residents may ask to see that license, or contact the County’s Department of Finance to confirm that a merchant has one. The Department’s number is (636) 949-7465.
General Suggestions/Items of Note:
• Please note that St. Charles County building inspectors will have picture I.D.’s. It is advisable for residents to request to see this I.D. before letting an individual inspect their home.
• Though many contractors are reputable some are the “storm-chasers” that Missouri’s Attorney General has warned Missourians against: http://ago.mo.gov/newsreleases/2013/AG_Koster_warns_consumers_scams_tornados_StLouisArea/
• Feel free to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-392-8222 with concerns, or to consult the Better Business Bureau by calling (314) 645-3300.
• St. Charles County is still asking that people stay away from affected areas to allow crews to respond to the damage. If citizens come across any hazards, please call 911.
• The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department is providing security for the affected areas.
Assistance and Volunteer Opportunities:
• Those who need assistance or wish to volunteer to help with the storm cleanup should call United Way's 211 from a landline phone or call 1-800-427-4626 from a mobile phone.
Good news for those still cleaning up from Friday's storms. Ameren reports that the power has been restored to almost all electric customers in St. Charles County and the metro-east.
Steady progress is also being made to repair damage in infrastructure in St. Louis County where an EF-3 tornado took down more than a hundred power poles. Ameren officials say more than 500 poles were damaged area wide.
Ameren's Michael Moehn says it's been a big job with a big price tag. "Roughly speaking we're probably spending about $3 million a day to put the system back together." Moehn says eventually that cost will be passed along to consumers.
As of 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, about 14,000 St. Louis County residents remain in the dark. That's down from more than 35,000 Monday morning and well over 90,000 on Friday.
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.