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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tornado sirens set up in Ash Flat

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The beauty of the eerie grey skies, providing a backdrop for the lush green vegetation in the area, is parallelled only by the dangerous flooding, storms and tornados Mother Nature so quickly produces in the spring.

The weather of the past few weeks has undoubtedly left many affected by the 2008 tornado in Sharp County a bit nervous, as the county was again under a tornado warning this past weekend.

The City of Ash Flat is now better prepared for the stormy weather, with a new set of tornado sirens.

The sirens were purchased with a grant from White River Planning and Development and installed last week.

The installers still have a few last minute adjustments to make to ensure the sirens are fully functional.

Ash Flat Fire Chief Stacy Horton says he anticipates they will be functional in time for the Shakeout Earthquake Drill on Thursday, April 28.

The sirens are very loud for a purpose. "We don't want to scare anyone, but we have to test these things," said Horton.

Horton would like residents to be aware they will be testing the sirens every Thursday at noon, weather permitting.

The testing will ensure the sirens are working properly. While the noise may be loud, that is one of the best ways to save lives in the event of an actual tornado.

Two sirens are strategically located to serve the residents of Ash Flat.

One is by the "Welcome to Ash Flat" sign on Highway 167, while the second is near the city's water tower, located in the downtown area.

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