ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There have now been 18 heat deaths total across the St. Louis metro region.
Fourteen of those have occurred in the city of St. Louis, prompting health officials to launch a new severe weather program.
Mayor Francis Slay announced the establishment of a severe weather public health protection program, which city health director Pamela Walker said would be a pro-active, year-round approach to education and prevention.
“One of the things we want to do is make sure that if it’s a tenant-landlord situation and air conditioning was provided to the tenant as part of the rent, that landlords are held accountable for making sure those air conditioners are working,” Walker said.
She added that the health department is now looking at recommending a new city ordinance that would require landlords to provide and properly maintain air conditioning units for their tenants.