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Crews Fixing Faulty Sarpy Co. Tornado Sirens

Jake Wasikowski

Crews Fixing Faulty Sarpy Co. Tornado Sirens

CREATED Apr. 15, 2013

It was a rude awakening for hundreds, maybe thousands of residents in La Vista and Papillion.  Tornado sirens went off early Sunday morning, and there were no storms in sight.  The Sarpy County Emergency Management Team is still unsure why exactly what triggered the malfunction.

At about 1:50am Sunday morning, two La Vista sirens and one in Papillion went off.  They blared for an extended period of time in multiple intervals.  They were located at 89th & Granville Pkwy. and in Apollo Park in La Vista, as well as the Westmont neighborhood at 132nd & HWY 370.

Emergency management mechanically disabled five tornado sirens to get them to stop.  Only three had actually malfunctioned.  Crews have replaced the control board devices in the three sirens that were problematic.

Christal Ware got up hours before she had to work, and checked the television to find there was no threat.

"We couldn't figure out if there was actually weather.  I came and looked outside, and it was windy and cool but I didn't see any lightening or anything,” Ware explained.  "I want to know that it works.  It is directly behind my house, directly there, so if it's going off I want to go downstairs if something's going on."

Many residents said they heard the sirens go off two or three different times Sunday morning.

The Sarpy County Emergency Management Team says they're confident that all five of the sirens that were mechanically disabled on Sunday will be back online and working by late Monday.