St. Louis city, county pulling out all the stops after storm

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:55 AM

(KMOV) – St. Louis city and county leaders held a news conference Monday morning to give a full explanation on their efforts after a weekend winter storm left more than 10 inches of snow.

The main theme from Monday morning’s meet was one particular sentiment: we are not out of the woods yet.

Officials say St. Louis city crews were working through the night and morning to get streets at a level where they could handle them. The work continued into the morning to take care of city side streets and sidewalks.

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“We’ll have all these chemicals on by Noon, we’ll bring a new crew in.” said St. Louis Streets Dept. Director Todd Waeltermann. “We’re beefing it up with some forestry employees, we’re going to start digging out downtown, the central business district.”

Waeltermann said the work will continue for at least the next 24 hours.

“In recent years, with the change in the city and young people coming in, a new group of people that are enthusiastic about getting out and doing things, are demanding we do more on the side streets,” he said.

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St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley said he hopes to have subdivisions mainly clear by Monday afternoon.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said with the bitter cold and more people going outside, they expected more injuries.

“Please be smart and please be patient,” he said.

The homeless was also a big concern and city officials say 197 stayed in emergency shelters, 75 more than 24 hours before. Officials say no one was being turned down from getting into those shelters.

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