Frustration Sets in as Much of St. Louis Remains Without Power

JULY 24, 2006 - Posted at 8:17 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - About 200,000 St. Louis-area residents are still without power, five days after a massive storm caused the worst outage in the region's history.

With the high temperature expected to climb back into the low 90s today, there is renewed concern that the lack of air conditioning for homes left dark by the storm could create health concerns.

Some residents are expressing frustration with Ameren Corporation, but the company says it is working as fast as it can.  Hundreds of utility workers from other companies have been brought in to help get the electricity back on.

Ameren has started airing television commercials telling citizens to be patient.

The American Red Cross continues to run shelters and hand out free meals.

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