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Water main break forces homeless shelter to shut down in St. Louis

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Water main break, excessive heat forces homeless shelter, libraries to shut down. (Credit: KMOV) Water main break, excessive heat forces homeless shelter, libraries to shut down. (Credit: KMOV)

This week’s triple-digit temperatures have taken a toll across the area and the latest water main break is leaving a homeless shelter out of operation.

Water was about two inches high in the intersection near St. Patrick’s Center, forcing it to close its doors for the day on Friday.

Therese Salmons and Pierre Briscoe came to City Hall Friday morning to get unlimited water, some food and clothes and supplies to survive the heat.

“Drink a little bit like every hour, just sip on it. If you drink a whole lot you’re just going to dehydrate real quick," said Salmons.

Salmons would normally stay at St. Patrick’s Center for the Homeless, but that is not an option due to the water main break.

“I don’t know what to do, I can’t go in the libraries, the businesses won’t let me come in to use the restroom it’s awful," said Salmons. 

Larry Rice and his team from New Life Evangelistic Center provides resources for the homeless daily, but because of the heat, they’re taking extra measures.

“We’ll be having teams going out on the street looking for those who have nowhere to go. There’s a real crisis, there’s just not a place for people to sleep at night. The weather is hot and these are forgotten people, the homeless who need help," said Rice. 

In the last 48 hours there have been three significant water main breaks throughout the city and county and the heat has a lot to do with it.

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