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Amid Complaints, St. Louis County Adds More Sirens

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KMOX) - Tornado season looms and, more than a year-and-a-half after installation, St. Louis County’s siren network remains incomplete.

St. Louis County Emergency Communications Director David Barney says that two new sirens are on the way, to fill gaps in Bridgeton and Kirkwood. They’re expected to be in the ground by next month.

“We had originally designed the system to be built with 185 sirens. We have already added twelve since last year and this is an additional two,” Barney explained.

He says these contingencies were originally planned for so the $38,000 cost for each additional siren is covered.

Despite complaints by some residents that the sirens can’t be heard, Barney said he “doesn’t consider them failures.”

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