New Albany may install two more tornado sirens


A southern Indiana community is considering adding more tornado sirens to help protect its downtown.

The New Albany City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to appropriate nearly $46,000 in revenue from riverboat casinos to install sirens at a fire station and city park.

The News and Tribune reports that Floyd County currently has 16 tornado sirens. Each has a sound radius of about two miles.

Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Terry Herthel says it would be cost-prohibitive to install sirens to provide coverage throughout the entire county. He says the two new sirens would help protect the city but acknowledges some areas such as Floyds Knobs are still out of reach of the sirens.

He's urging residents to invest in weather radios.

Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind. 

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