St. Louis County orders more storm sirens after weekend malfunction

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 5:22 PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Missouri (KMOV) -- When severe storms hit the St. Louis-area last weekend, St. Louis County’s new 185 storm sirens sounded. But some residents say they still could not hear them.

David Barney, St. Louis County emergency operations director, said they discovered 12 locations that need a storm siren. They will be ordered at a cost of $38,000 a piece, paid with money set aside for such instances.

Barney says the new sirens will be installed at St. Ann City Hall, the Florissant Police Department, on top of the St. Louis County courthouse in Clayton and a park in Fenton, among other.

When asked why storm season arrived before the new storm sirens, Barney said the new sirens went online last Labor Day, but it took several months to transition to all the new ones.

“The new system was not complete until roughly the first of January, so we couldn’t assess where we needed coverage until the old network was turned off and the new network was fully deployed with all 185 sirens,” said Barney.

Barney says it takes four months after ordering the new sirens for them to arrive. He says they should be in this month and they’ll start installing them as soon as they start arriving.

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