There continues to be a large power outage in Downtown due to a manhole fire at 7th Street and Market Street on Wednesday evening.
The St. Louis Fire Department has been and will continue checking on Downtown businesses and residents; extra EMS staff has been deployed Downtown in case of heat emergencies and two fire trucks are driving around Downtown slowly, with lights on, slowing traffic to avoid accidents. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has also assigned extra police Downtown and there are police cars parked at a few high traffic areas without signals. Power should be restored this afternoon.
The area affected runs from 6th Street on the east to 20th Street on the west and Spruce Street on the south and Olive Street on the north. Approximately 2,100 business and residential customers are affected. Not all customers within the area are affected.
Outside of the core affected area, the U.S. Bank building is out of service. The MetroLink platform at 6th Street and Washington Avenue, commonly known as the Convention Center station, is out of power but the trains are running. Many of the Downtown traffic lights are out of power, so drivers are reminded to treat these intersections as four way stop signs.
As of midnight last night, the fire had been extinguished but the vault temperature was approximately 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The intense heat in the manhole has prohibited workers from entering the manhole to begin repairing the equipment.
Crews plan to run temporary cables along 7th Street between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street, which completely closes Market Street at 7th Street in order to restore power. The process will take several hours and customers may be restored by Thursday afternoon.
You can find a cooling center near you by calling 211. In Downtown, the cooling stations are located at Central Express Library in the Old Post Office and Central Library. Stay tuned for additional details.