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Linn Co. to add 6 new warning sirens for rural areas

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Linn County plans to purchase six new outdoor warning sirens for rural areas.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors said the sirens should add coverage for 11,000 properties and 2,100 residents.

“Outdoor warning sirens are used to warn citizens who are outdoors of potentially hazardous conditions and to alert them to immediately seek shelter and additional information about the warning. The sirens are for situational awareness and are not necessarily weather-related,” said Mike Goldberg, director of the Linn County Emergency Management Agency. “People who are already indoors may hear the sirens and should also seek additional information, but the sirens are not intended to be heard indoors.”

The sirens will be placed in several locations:

1. Horseshoe Falls Road in Pinicon Ridge Park west of Central City

2. Near the intersection of Troy Mills Road and Shore Lane south of Troy Mills

3. Along Wapsi Ridge Drive near Hitaga Sand Ridge Prairie Preserve

4. Near the intersection of County Road W54 and Walford Road north of Western

5. Along Whittier Road north of Whittier

6. Near the intersection of Stone Road and Highway 151 west of Springville

The total cost for these sirens will be about $146,000. Between a grant from FEMA, and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Managment Division, Linn County will only pay $22,000.

Installation will begin in mid-October.

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