Officials in Colbert County, AL turned off Tornado five-alarm siren: WHY!?!?

… Residents complained about the noise.

FYI: A Tornado struck Colbert County earlier this month, find out more here.

Officials in Colbert County, Alabama turned off a five-alarm Tornado siren after residents complained about the noise it made, as reported by WHNT news.

A resident reached out to the news outlet after a Tornado recently touched down in the area, asking why the siren wasn’t trigged.

WHNT reached out to Colbert County EMA director Mike Melton, who told the news outlet the siren was turned off “four years ago” during its testing phase.

He cited complains from SIX residents as the reason.

“It was asked to be moved. Did we ask if the entire neighbourhood was advised of what was happening, I did not. What we tried to do is appease some people.”

Mike Melton, Colbert County EMA director

The main purpose of the siren is to warn residents of approaching severe weather, however WHNT says it has “laid dormant”.

Officials have been unable to relocate the siren because it was purchased and designed for a specific location.

The Colbert County EMA director says he is willing to meet up with residents to come up with a resolution.   

We highly recommend that you read The Weather Network’s article on the story – click here to read that piece.