Test Run for Renick's Proposed Tornado Siren

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:11:00 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

The closest sirens are more than five miles away right now.

After March tornadoes killed four people in the Renick area, residents hope more sirens could save lives next time. That's because the closest siren is in Moberly.

"You couldn't hear it, there's no way," said resident Lee Starks. "On a clear day, you can't hear them out here."

Renick's mayor has been trying for three years to get a grant from the state and federal governments, but the town doesn't qualify because its median income is too high at $30,000.

"I don't know who come up with that idea, but that's a joke," stated town board member Jenifer Barfield. "There's nobody in this town that makes that kind of money. If they do, I want to meet them."

Residents said new sirens could be heard more than four miles away.

"With me standing outside, it's pretty loud," admitted Starks. "I went inside, turned the TV up a little bit. I could hear still hear it."

Renick's town board plans to write a new grant proposal with the help of a Moberly group called Caring Communities.

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