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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis County officials have spent the last two weeks retesting its warning siren system.

It turns out that 185 newly-installed sirens aren’t quite enough to provide full coverage throughout the county.

“There appear to be some very small areas that most likely will require a new siren.”

Dave Wrone with the County Highway Department says officials will be dipping back into money raised by an emergency communication sales tax passed in 2009 to purchase and install another 2 to 5 sirens, so everyone is within earshot when dangerous weather threatens.

“I do want to emphasize that the system is an outdoor system, which means if you’re in your basement and the sirens go off and you can’t hear the sirens, that doesn’t mean the siren system isn’t working,” explains Wrone.

Each new siren costs $38,000. No word on how long it will take to install the new sirens.

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