Broken pipes leave some in St. Louis without water for a week

ST. LOUIS – Frozen pipes from last week’s arctic blast have left crowds without water. For some, the problem persists and lasts a week with no end in sight.

When water flooded large parts of the Annie Malone Children and Family Services Center earlier this week, a place that would normally help others became those who need help.

“We’re a crisis center, so a crisis center can’t have a crisis, right?” said Kiesha Lee, CEO of the Annie Malone Children and Family Crisis Center.

The community is coming in droves. A company repaired the pipes for free.

“We keep getting calls saying, ‘If we have space, what can we bring?’ What’s so heartwarming is that we had a father that we serve and he asked, “How can we help?” and that means a lot,” Lee said.

Nevertheless, the damage has already been done, and those in need are being accommodated in hotels instead. New floors and dehumidifiers are urgently needed and cost money and time.

“Hoping it can be fixed within two to three weeks, but until then there’s a will, there’s a way,” Lee said.

Nearby, tenants of The Legends at Pasadena Hills apartment complex are still waiting for their water to be fixed after frozen pipes burst on Christmas Day.

“I hung up all my decorations but it felt like Christmas wasn’t meant to be like this. So I left,” said Kim Garner, tenant of The Legends at Pasadena Hills.

Garner tells us she spoke to tenants in three other apartments whose ceilings collapsed from water damage. At least 10 other residents are also struggling with similar issues.

“You need professional help. People have to eat, they have to bathe, they have to go to the toilet, they have children to take care of. I’m pretty sure when they go home they have water at their house I don’t understand,” Garner said.

“It’s ridiculous, I bought a lot of water. My dishes are piling up in my sink, there’s nothing I can do,” said Christine Stephens, another tenant.

Both say they’ve been pushed around by management and are worried they’ll have to move out if the problem isn’t fixed soon.

We’ve reached out to The Legends at Pasadena Hills and haven’t received a response yet.

“It’s a shame but they want the rent on time, let me tell you!” Stephens said, “They just don’t seem to care. It’s like they’re playing games.” Broken pipes leave some in St. Louis without water for a week

Sarah Y. Kim

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