Due to power outages, the 1520 building includes the Municipal Courts, SLATE, the Health Department and St. Louis Development Corporation, among others.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, including the City Emergency Management Agency, remains open. The City's website is also down due to the power outage.
Ameren Missouri expects to have power restored later this afternoon. City business is expected to return to normal business hours on Friday.
According to Ameren Missouri, a fire inside a manhole at 7th and Market caused outages Downtown beginning around 8:30 Wednesday night. As of Midnight, the fire had been extinguished but the vault temperature was approximately 400 degrees. The intense heat in the manhole has prohibited workers from entering it to begin repairing the equipment.
Several circuits, or groups of equipment, are located within this particular manhole. Aging infrastructure plus the extreme temperatures and high usage are likely causes of the equipment failure.
To enable restoration as safely and quickly as possible, crews will work through nearby manholes to isolate the damaged section. They will then run temporary cable at the street level until the damaged manhole can be repaired.
The area affected runs from 6th Street on the east to 20th Street on the West and Spruce on the South and Olive on the North.
Approximately 2,100 business and residential customers are affected; although, not all customers within the area are without power.
Outside of the core affected area, the U.S. Bank building also is out of service. The MetroLink platform at 6th and Washington, commonly knowns as the Convention Center station, is out of power but the trains are running on backup generator power.
While City crews have some Downtown traffic signals running on generator power, several are dark. Drivers are reminded to treat these intersections as four-way stops.
People looking for cooling centers are asked to call the United Way at 211 to be connected to the site closest to them.