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Pikeville gets storm sirens

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Pikeville will now have emergency alert sirens.

Officials began installing the eight sirens Friday afternoon.

They say it is a project they have been working on for a couple of years, and they say the March 2 tornadoes pushed them to get them even sooner.

You cannot miss them.

"They stand 42 feet in the air to the bottom of the siren, so they're about 45 feet where the sound comes out at," said foreman Craig Thompson.

Giant rotating sirens, hovering above the city, waiting for the chance to warn anyone nearby of impending emergencies.

Officials say each of the sirens weighs about 300 pounds and can be heard within a one mile radius.

"We're hoping that we get very good coverage. We're hoping that the more populous areas for outdoor warning get coverage and that's our goal," said Public Safety Director Paul Maynard.

With eight of the sirens scattered throughout the city limits they feel they have achieved that goal.

"It's just another facet of protection. Our city commission, they have been committed to public safety," said Maynard.

For two years they have been working to get the sirens installed, but they say after the devastation witnessed in neighboring communities March 2 the issue became more of a priority.

"That put a huge emphasis on getting these sirens up as quickly as possible. God forbid that it hits our community, but if it does we want to be prepared, and we want to give our citizens the best chance to respond to something of that nature," said Maynard.

They say it is just one step in keeping the people of Pikeville safe and sound.

It will take about four days to get all the sirens installed.

Officials plan to begin testing them by the end of next week.

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