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St. Louis City departments ready for Isaac

1:45 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- The City of St. Louis is adjusting staffing to be prepared for remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

Storms are expected to drop several inches of rain on the St. Louis-area starting Friday.

"We want to be prepared to keep people safe, clean up debris quickly, and reduce the likelihood of damage from flash flooding," said Mayor Francis Slay.

The city wants to remind Labor Day festival attendees to avoid taking shelter in temporary structures like tents and to seek protection in more permanent structures in case of lightening or high winds.

On Wednesday, Streets Department and Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) officials identified areas that are prone to street flooding. The Streets Department has been cleaning gutters, curbs and cutouts to prevent storm sewers from being clogged with debris and will also be posting no parking signs on streets that usually flood in heavy rain to prevent cars from being trapped. The Towing Division will also have extra crews on call this weekend to remove stalled cars from roadways.

Where to find information:

City of St. Louis:
Residents can call the Citizens' Service Bureau (CSB) at 314-622-4800, tweet @stlcsb, or submit a request online at www.stlouis-mo.gov. An operator will be answering from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

MoDOT: Drivers can visit MoDOT.org for highway and state-maintained road conditions. MoDOT urges drivers to take proper precautions in inclement weather.

MSD: If residents have basement backups or area flooding due to overcharged sewers, contact MSD at 314- 768-6260 or visit the website at www.stlmsd.com. MSD has also posted suggested steps residents can take to help protect themselves and their property in case of heavy rain.

Residents can sign up for Nixle to receive emergency weather warnings and other alerts by text message or email. You can sign up at www.nixle.com or by texting the letters "STLCEMA" to 888777. The service is free.

Residents should always call 911 in an emergency.

KSDK

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