ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Another day of scorching temperatures presented a number of challenges to St. Louisans trying to beat the heat. In the case of Confluence Academy in south St. Louis, things were made more difficult by thieves.
The school has two buildings, both of which are fairly old. The one on Meramec has some central air conditioning, but part of that was out Tuesday morning after thieves stuck overnight. The cut through locks, opening a gate topped with barbed wire, and stole an entire compressor.
“It is disheartening,” school spokesperson Nez Savala said. “There’s nothing we can do about people stealing things from us. Of course we wish it wouldn’t happen. But it’s gonna be replaced and our kids will be able to learn and concentrate.”
Their second location on Compton had window units struggling to the point that one had to be replaced. That’s just the function of a very hot day, but school officials say they were ready.
“We can move students to other classrooms that might be cooler if it’s too, too hot,” Savala said. “So there’s a lot of things that go into it. We want to make sure kids are safe. We want to make sure our staff is safe.”
People working outside had other challenges. A Laclede Gas crew working on Grand was doing the backbreaking work of digging a series of holes to work on underground lines. They weren’t allowed to speak to reporters, but passers-by were, and they had plenty of sympathy.
“It’s like Oh. My. God,” a woman identifying herself only as Tiffany said. “It really makes you appreciate air conditioning.
“I feel really really bad for these workers out here who don’t have any air. And I feel sorry for the elderly that don’t have air in their homes.”