OREGON COUNTY -- Two communities in the county have received grants to purchase early-warning weather siren systems.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill announced last week that Alton will receive $18,175 and Koshkonong will receive $10, 875.
Alton has a population of 620 and Koshkonong's population is just over 200.
In a news release McCaskill said the funding is designed to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural Missouri.
Koshkonong Mayor Bud Adams and Alton Mayor Richard Haigwood said they greatly appreciate the funding for the sirens. They will cover all areas of both cities and should give the citizens of the cities more time to seek the proper shelter when severe weather occurs.
An official from McCaskill's office said, "As we've seen during times of emergency, effective early-warning systems are the key to saving lives. These warning systems will ensure that Alton and Koshkonong are better prepared to protect their citizens."