Some storm sirens in Western WI reported broken after test

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It is a reminder that summer is on its way. Along with the warm temperatures and sunny skies, the threat of severe weather is on our doorstep.

"Just because the sirens are going off doesn't automatically mean the storm is coming your direction but it's an opportunity for you to seek shelter and get more information," said Tom Hurley, Eau Claire County's Emergency Mgmt. Director.

Hurley says sirens are not designed to be heard indoors. They are meant to give people outdoors a "heads up" to get inside and get the latest weather information.

"They're not designed to penetrate the interior of homes, wake people up at night," Hurley said.

We checked with several area counties and cities across Western Wisconsin to see where the sirens were not working after last week's test.

In Eau Claire, four sirens were not working properly. One was at Highway 53 and Melby St., another at Highland Avenue near Immaculate Conception Elementary, and another one was at the corner of Mesa Ridge Drive and White Oak Lane.

A siren at Longfellow Elementary School was rotating but only emitting a small sound.

In La Crosse, Emergency Management officials say they didn't take part in last week's test but a siren on Diagonal Road was reported broken when they did the mandatory test on April 7th.

In Dunn County, emergency management there says there were a few broken sirens in Menomonie but those have since been fixed.


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