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Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2003, 12:20 a.m.
CONTACT: Emergency Operations Center, (816) 889-1426

Carriage Hills Estates media tour at 10 a.m.

Public information officers from the Kansas City, Mo., Fire and Police departments and the Gladstone Department of Public Safety will lead a media tour of Carriage Hills Estates Monday morning. Media representatives are asked to meet police, fire and public safety representatives at 64th and Antioch in the parking lot near Hobby Lobby at 10 a.m.

A shelter is open in Gladstone at Antioch Bible Church, 800 N.E. 72nd St. The shelter at St. Andrew was closed due to a power outage. Kansas City, Mo., residents in need of shelter may also go to the American Red Cross shelters at New Covenant Baptist Church, 8501 Northwest 45 Highway in Parkville; and Riverside Community Center, 4499 N.W. High Drive.

Due to power outages, some stoplights are not functional. Motorists are asked to treat these intersections as four-way stops and to check for pedestrians before proceeding.

Do not allow children to play in areas that have sustained storm damage. When examining property damage, be aware that power lines may be entwined with tree limbs and may be live. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and go to another location to report the leak. Broken gas lines, broken glass, nails, and unsafe structures present dangers to citizens. When outside, it is very important to exercise caution and wear protective footwear. Unsafe structures may appear to be safe and cause injury. Lack of refrigeration may make food unsafe.

Northland hospitals treated 23 patients with storm-related injuries. No fatalities were reported in Kansas City, Mo.

The Police incident commander has established a pass system to allow residents back in their homes. Residents will be required to show photo IDs that include names and addresses to enter the area. Other citizens can assist by staying out of the damaged areas to allow emergency workers access.

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