Four Eau Claire sirens fail during statewide tornado drill

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Four sirens in the City of Eau Claire failed during a statewide tornado drill Thursday.

Building and Grounds Supervisor Bob Boecher says a siren at Melby Street and U.S. Highway 53 failed because of a problem with the radio. Boecher says he was aware of that problem, and had been waiting on parts to fix it. Two other sirens that weren't working were at Highland Avenue near Immaculate Conception Elementary, and at the corner of Mesa Ridge Drive and White Oak Lane on the north side of Eau Claire. A siren at Longfellow Elementary School on Balcom Street was rotating during the test, but the sound was very low.

There are 20 outdoor sirens in the City of Eau Claire. Boecher says they each run on four vehicle batteries. If the batteries fail, the sirens malfunction. Boecher says batteries that go bad cause most siren problems. He says he expects the sirens to be fixed next week. The sirens will be tested again on May 5.

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