The City of St. Louis Department of Health is reminding City residents that it is not only unsafe, but illegal to possess or discharge fireworks within the City limits without a permit. The department says as recently as 2009, nearly 9,000 emergency room visits throughout the U. S were due to injuries sustained from fireworks. Approximately 6,000 of those injuries were reported during the 30 days surrounding July 4th.
As of 1:30 p.m., the boil order that had been in effect for 8,000 Missouri American Water customers in south St. Louis County was lifted. The utility is recommending that customers in the affected area flush their plumbing by letting faucets run for a few minutes.
The affected ZIP codes were:
St. Louis County portions of 63026
St. Louis County portions of 63049
Portions of 63088 that are south of the Meramec River.
The rising Missouri River has forced the suspension of some Amtrak trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.
The suspension of the Missouri River Runner will last through at least July 6. Flooding along Union Pacific tracks west of Jefferson City is forcing freight trains to use the Union Pacific route that is shared with the Missouri River Runner.