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Up to 200 homes damaged in Maryland Heights, Bridgeton

4:28 PM, Apr 23, 2011   |    comments
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Maryland Heights (KSDK) - Pattonville High School is now serving as a staging area for emergency responders in Maryland Heights and Bridgeton.

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Crews are preparing to go street to street in a number of neighborhoods, including the Rose Acres Subdivision off of Creve Coeur Mill Road. Rose Acres has been closed off to everyone except homeowners as of Saturday morning.

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An incident commander on the scene says they are using aerial images to assess the extent of the damage in the area. He says between 50 and 200 homes were likely damaged according to rough estimates. 

Based on a survey team's damage estimate, the National Weather Service says an EF4 tornado struck Bridgeton. An EF4 tornado has winds between 166 and 200 miles per hour.  The National Weather Service said this was the strongest tornado to strike the St. Louis area since 1967.

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Emergency officials gave media a tour of the Harmann Estates Subdivision in Bridgeton on Saturday afternoon, which was one of the hardest hit areas.  Some of the homes in that area have been condemned.  Many of the homes lost roofs or were damaged.  Siding was also ripped off.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said 25 homes in the Bridgeton and Berkeley area were completely destroyed and another 35 are no longer inhabitable.

Some streets in the area were untouched.  Those homeowners are helping the people who lost their homes in the storms.

Storm victim Ron Henderson said he and his wife took cover and then "all hell broke loose."

The Pattonville Fire Chief says there were three minor injuries, but no fatalities at this point. The chief says rescue dogs will assist crews going door to door, looking for anyone who may still be trapped.

A shelter has now been opened for those affected by the storms. That shelter is at the Maryland Heights Community Center on 2344 McKelvey Road in Maryland Heights.

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