They turned the siren off four years ago, and never bothered to mention it to anyone? And because 6 people complained about the noise, they put everyone else at risk? Wow ... government stupidity at its best.Alabama officials in Colbert County turned off a five-alarm tornado siren after residents complained about the noise it made, WHNT news reports.
A resident reached out to WHNT after a tornado touched down in the area, asking why the siren wasn't triggered.
WHNT contacted Colbert County EMA director Mike Melton, who said the siren was turned off four years ago during its testing phase.
He cited complaints from six residents as the reason.
“It was asked to be moved,” Melton told the outlet.
“Did we ask if the entire neighborhood was advised of what was happening, I did not. But what we tried to do is appease some people.”
The siren's sole purpose is to warn residents of oncoming severe weather, but WHNT says it has laid dormant. Officials have been unable to move it because the siren was purchased and designed for a specific location.
Melton says he is willing to meet with residents to come up with a permanent solution.