Lambert terminals busy today with first flights, more cleanup
April 24, 2011
All but one of the airlines serving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will be up and running Monday, and flight schedules should be near 85 percent of normal, airport leaders said this afternoon.
Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said clean up had progressed quickly following Friday's tornado. Workers repaired roof leaks, pushed twisted metal and tree limbs into piles, and boarded up dozens of broken windows in at least five of the main terminal's arching front facades.
"We're fairly satisfied with what's going on today," Hamm-Niebruegge said at an afternoon press conference.
Parking lots, however, were still covered in glass, leaves, tree branches and twisted metal. The wind had blown out windows in row after row of cars. Phone chargers, gym bags, soccer cleats, laundry and even a disassembled bicycle lay inside, open to the weekend's rain.
David Appel, 43, from O'Fallon, Ill., was taping plastic sheeting over his white truck's passenger windows. He had been in Phoenix with his brother for his grandfather's funeral.
Their Friday night flight home was cancelled, and they eventually flew into Indianapolis, where they rented a car and drove. But he didn't expect to see the damage in the parking lots. The tornado had picked up broken glass and pelted it against the cars, driving the glass shards into the paint, leather seats, and even plastic consoles and armrests.
"It could be worse," Appel said, nodding down the row, where a blue SUV had been picked up and leaned up against the car next to it.
In the terminals, nearly everyone talked about the unexpected twists and turns of their weekend travels. Many told of flying into other Midwestern cities, and driving. Others were just arriving after two days of delays.
Mike Deering, 54, of St. Charles, was picking up his wife, who had flown in from Charlotte Sunday. On Friday night, her original flight had been in the air, 10 minutes from St. Louis, and had been turned around, sent back to Charlotte.
Several people at Lambert Airport in St. Louis were injured Friday after an apparent tornado touched down, spewing debris over the airfield, bursting glass in the concourse and damaging cars atop a parking garage.
Storms damage homes in New Melle, Missouri
April 22, 2011
NEW MELLE, Mo. (KMOV) – Severe storms caused extreme damage to homes in New Melle, Mo. Friday night.
According to the New Melle Fire Department, there’s significant damage on Foristell Road, and there are at least 20 homes damaged in the Auburn Meadow subdivision, says the St. Charles County EMA.
One home in particular suffered tremendous damage. Neighbors say that a couple lived inside the home, but took shelter when they heard sirens and are okay as a result.
It is unclear if the storm caused any other injuries.
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