(KMOV) – Last week’s tornadoes are uncovering a huge problem in St. Louis County – warning sirens in 14 neighborhoods are not working.
St. Louis County is replacing all of its old sirens. It currently has 210, and expects to finish the switch by the spring of 2011.
If an emergency happens and there is a tornado in one of the 14 neighborhoods where the sirens are broken, county officials say those residents should listen to their two-way radios or watch the news.
Crews will replace 10 sirens a week until the end of April. By then, the new system should be up and running.
However, residents should not rely solely on the horns for information. After hearing the horns, residents still have to find out what the siren was sounded for and if there is immediate danger in the area.
But after last week’s tornadoes and storms, residents know the sirens are needed now more than ever.