St. Charles officials are now urging residents of West Alton to prepare for a possible evacuation. The area is expected to flood, but the severity remains to be seen. Residents should be making plans to secure their homes and property if an evacuation order is necessary.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Police say a pressure cooker left in a suburban Detroit hotel bathroom that prompted a three-hour evacuation had food inside and posed no threat.
Dearborn police Lt. Douglas Topolski told The Associated Press Tuesday a guest likely used the appliance to bring food to a family event Sunday in the 770-room Adoba Hotel. He says it "doesn't appear that there was a very nefarious intent."
Pressure cookers have gotten attention after two were used in the Boston Marathon bombings.
This month, a Saudi man was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on charges of lying about why he was traveling with one. The man says he brought it for his nephew, who told AP he wanted it to cook lamb.
Topolski says the cooker at the hotel had a broken handle.
Heavy snow and high winds were considered dangerous by station engineers on its nearby tower. Staff members were cleared from the building around 10am Sunday as a precaution.
This interrupted their coverage of he storm that is blanketing the area.
Crews were working to move cable and telephone lines hit the Ameren gas line along north Main Street, causing gas to build up under the street and in the basement of the nearby apartment complex. Electricity to that building was disconnected as a precaution.
Crews drilled through the sidewalk to reach the break and cap it. Residents were allowed to return home, but had no gas service.
The high school students were moved to the nearby middle school while Crawford County deputies investigate the threat. District officials contacted parents about the incident and no students at the middle school were being released.