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Branson Officials Fault Service for Failed Alert

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Tornado damage along Highway 76, the famous Branson Strip, on Saturday, March 3, 2012. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Tornado damage along Highway 76, the famous Branson Strip, on Saturday, March 3, 2012. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Operators of warning system that was supposed to call Branson residents when a severe storm approached say the system wasn’t turned on last week when an EF-2 tornado ripped through town.

CodeRed is a service that sends recorded alerts to customers’ telephones. Branson officials say local phones were silent early Feb. 29 when a twister hit the Branson Strip around 1:30 a.m.

Nobody was killed in the tornado, but about a dozen were hurt.

The president of Emergency Communications Network, which operates CodeRed, says the service contract had expired in Branson and much of the data for the city had been deactivated.

ECN president David Digiacomo says the city had reinstated its account, but much of the data that had been deactivated had not yet been restored.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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