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Pacific officials kept in dark about broken storm sirens

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Two of Pacific's four tornado sirens have broken for two months. Two of Pacific's four tornado sirens have broken for two months.

PACIFIC, Mo. (KMOV.com) - After severe weather and a tornado hit the St. Louis area Sunday night, residents expressed their concern that half of the tornado sirens in Pacific were not working, and haven't been for months.

Neither Pacific's Mayor Jeff Palmore nor any members of the Board of Aldermen were aware of the broken sirens, News 4's Russell Kinsaul discovered.

"It's a great concern, it's a huge public safety and health issue that needs to be addressed immediately," said Pacific Alderwoman Heather Filley.

Pacific resident Fran McBride pays attention when there is severe weather and recently called the Pacific Police Department to ask why she had not heard the sirens. The department told her the sirens are broken.

Out of the city's four storm sirens, the volume is so low on two of them that residents cannot hear their warning.

"Do you think Pacific is doing enough to keep you protected during storms?" Kinsaul asked McBride. She said, "No I don't, not at this rate."

Director of Emergency Operations Diane Becker told Kinsaul she has known about the sirens since a test two months ago.

"So we need to find out when exactly these sirens stopped working properly, why has nothing been done about it," said Filley.

While citizens have a variety of ways to access weather reports and the city of Pacific said residents can sign up to have storm warnings sent to their cell phone, but McBride worries about what would happen for those without cell phones.

"What if your tv goes out and you don't have the app on your phone?" McBride asked. "You're not going to have any idea."

Becker said the sirens can be repaired during a scheduled, annual inspection during the second week of July, but Aldermen who spoke to News 4 said something needs to be done to fix the problem immediately.

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