Eau Claire boosts siren warning system

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) New outdoor warning sirens will be installed over the next three years in Eau Claire, with one new one being installed per year.

According to the city's website, after reviewing current siren coverage, they decided Sherman Elementary School was the first priority for a new siren.

The installation is being completed by a cooperative effort between the city and the Eau Claire Area School District.

The fleet facilities manager Bob Boecher says the first siren should be in place prior to the severe weather season.

"We've talked about it for the last couple years and it's been more watching how the city grows to figure out where would be the best place to put them. The biggest thing I have to emphasize is they are for outdoor warnings, people should not rely on them if they are in their homes to be warned of an approaching storm with those sirens, its really for outdoor use only," says Boecher.

He says of the two remaining sirens, one will go near Gander Mountain on the city's south side while the other will go by the airport on the city's north side.

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