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Severe Storms, Flash Flooding Forecast for Midwest Thru Saturday
The storms pushing across the Midwest from Kansas City to St. Louis, Thursday thru Saturday, threaten to bring problems ranging from travel delays and disruptions to outdoor activities to more serious consequences ranging from power outages, property damage and threats to lives. Graphic courtesy AccuWeather.com

Severe Storms, Flash Flooding Forecast for Midwest Thru Saturday
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 4, 2014 - AccuWeather reports additional complexes of thunderstorms will affect portions of the Plains, Midwest and South this week and this weekend with areas of flooding rain and severe weather.

More than half the states in the nation can be affected by heavy and gusty thunderstorms to severe weather into the weekend. The storms threaten to bring problems ranging from travel delays and disruptions to outdoor activities to more serious consequences ranging from power outages, property damage and threats to lives.

During Thursday afternoon and night, a zone of thunderstorms will fire farther east from the Oklahoma Panhandle and eastern Colorado to southwestern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The threats will include wind gusts to 65 mph, large hail and flash flooding. The cumulative amount of rain may top 6 inches in some locations spanning Thursday through the weekend.

On Friday, area of showers and thunderstorms are forecast to reach more than 1,200 miles from the Carolinas to Colorado with pockets of severe thunderstorms capable of bringing damaging wind gusts and flash flooding.

During the weekend, there is a chance that a large complex of thunderstorms will push eastward from the central Plains to across a portion of the Midwest, while additional storms continue to fire over the southern Plains and portions of the High Plains. The storms will unload drenching rain.

The swath of heaviest rain is forecast to reach from northern Texas to central Kansas, eastward to the southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.


New Trail Connecting Carondelet Park
The new trail, known as the Carondelet Connector, will officially open June 7, at 9 a.m. in the park at Holly Hills and Grand, with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Great Rivers Greenway District. Graphic courtesy Great Rivers Greenway

Great Rivers Greenway to Open New Trail Connecting Carondelet Park with the River des Peres Greenway
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 1, 2014 - Residents of the region will soon have a safer, off-road trail that connects the River des Peres Greenway, the stores and restaurants of Loughborough Commons and surrounding neighborhoods to Carondelet Park.

The new trail, known as the Carondelet Connector, will officially open June 7, 2014 with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Great Rivers Greenway District. The event will take place at 9 a.m. in the park at Holly Hills and Grand, near the Carondelet Park YMCA Rec Complex.

The Carondelet Connector links the River des Peres Greenway trail at Germania and 1-55 to Carondelet Park. The one-mile segment provides access to Loughborough Commons and extends to the established trail system within Carondelet Park, joining near the intersection of Hilly Hills and Grand Drive.

"The Carondelet Connector trail offers area residents a safer, more accessible way to travel on foot or bike between the River des Peres Greenway, local neighborhoods, businesses and Carondelet Park," said Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway, in an announcement. "While the trail is only one mile in length, the benefits to the surrounding neighborhood are multiplied by linking together so many amenities. This new connection will improve the quality of life for River des Peres Greenway users and neighborhood residents alike."

The River des Peres Greenway was first constructed in 2005, with additional phases being added in 2008 and 2013. The trail is currently 5.5 miles in length and extends from Lansdowne Avenue to Alabama Avenue. The greenway also links to a one-mile neighborhood connector, the Christy Greenway, which extends north from Germania to Holly Hills Blvd., where it meets up with the Bike St. Louis system.

Construction is slated to begin in early 2015 on another phase that will extend the River des Peres Greenway from Alabama Avenue to Lemay Park, and then further east to connect with the Mississippi River Greenway near River City Casino. Plans are also moving forward to connect the greenway to the popular Grant’s Trail on the Gravois Greenway.

Future plans will extend the River des Peres Greenway north at Lansdowne Avenue to Forest Park—creating 12 miles of continuous connectivity from the Mississippi River to Forest Park.


Vacationers Prefer to "Travel Like a Local" Using Public Transportation
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 28, 2014 - As the summer travel season kicks off, 124 million Americans are planning to vacation in a U.S. city, continuing a trend from recent years.

The American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) annual "Travel Like a Local" Summer Travel Survey reports that public transportation will be highly utilized by these travelers looking for the most cost effective and worry-free form of transportation - especially Millennials and adults under 45.

These travelers are flocking to destinations all across the country. The hottest urban travel destination for 2014 was once again New York City, along with 14 additional cities, including St. Louis (ranked 13).

According to the survey, more than half (58 percent) of those visiting U.S. cities plan to utilize public transportation for at least one activity. More than a quarter of these travelers say the availability of public transportation impacted their decision to travel to a particular city.

"Travelers have discovered one of the best ways to experience everything a community has to offer is to use public transportation," said Peter Varga, CEO of the Rapid of Grand Rapids Michigan and Chair of APTA. "They don't have to worry about driving and parking in unfamiliar locations, they have easy access to popular sites and attractions and their vacation dollars go farther, boosting local economic activity."

APTA's survey found that two out of five vacationers will use public transportation to experience restaurant dining and local nightlife, while also continuing to use it during the day for general sightseeing and shopping.

"From streetcars to buses, and trains to ferries, our cities offer a diversity of public transit options for both local residents and new visitors," said Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO of APTA. "Most public transit systems are leading the way with smart phone apps to help visitors easily navigate a city. Our nation's public transit systems are woven into the fabric of our communities."

Among Millennials (18-34) and adults under 45, 67 percent confirmed that they plan to use public transportation during their trip to a major U.S. city or metropolitan area this summer. According to the travel survey, public transportation options make travel more cost effective and stress free for all ages. Seventy-four percent of travelers will use public transportation because it is less expensive than taxis or rental cars, with 73 percent saying public transportation relieves them of the worry of finding parking.


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