More storm sirens coming to Ralls County

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Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 6:49 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - There’s a new push to warn Ralls County, Missouri, residents of storms after they faced severe weather this summer.

Perry, Missouri, was slammed by a massive rotating supercell last July.

Western District Commissioner John Lake said Ralls County Commissioners are working to bring more storm sirens to the county to warn residents of storms before they happen, especially areas west of Perry and east of Center, Missouri.

“What we are trying to do is reach out to make sure all those folks have plenty of notice in the case of a tornado,” Lake said.

The commissioners applied for, and received, a grant from the Office of Homeland Security to pay for the solar-powered sirens.

Lake said more sirens will help keep more people safe, especially campers at Mark Twain Lake.

“In the case of camper trailers, they are not tied down or anything, and so it’s kind of a tumbling weapon,” Lake said.

Former resident of Perry, Jon Hayes, said he visits his father there often. He said this summer’s thunderstorms knocked a lot of trees down on his father’s property.

“The last storm that came through here had a lot of trees down, wind damage, rain,” Hayes said.

Hayes thinks his father will be much safer with more sirens installed.

“It would give them a little more notice of it. I wouldn’t say a storm-ready community is gonna prevent it, but it would definitely help,” he said.

Lake said the new storm sirens will be installed by May.

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