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Storms didn't just knock power out

Gary Busick and Shelly Baldinger of the Salvation Army check the numbers of those being housed in emergency shelters and cooling stations in St. Louis. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – While the main focus of the storm's aftermath has been restoring electricity to the St. Louis area's residents, some are also without other vital resources.

AT&T says there are about 3,500 customers in the region without telephone service because of the storms. Spokesman Andy Shaw says only about 5,000 were without phones immediately after Wednesday's thunderstorm.

"The vast majority of our line are underground but in some areas, for example near downtown we still have some aerial cables quite a few of them, about a hundred and fifty of those were knocked down," Shaw says. "We've got a lot of them back up."

Charter Communications officials say cable television and Internet service was interrupted by the storms as well, mostly in St. Louis city, north St. Louis County, St. Charles city and Madison County. A spokesperson says they will have a better idea of who doesn't have cable service once power has been restored.

Officials at Missouri-American Water Company say its four main plants are working properly, all boil orders in the area have been lifted and all customers should have service.


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