Outdoor warning siren vandalized at Rollingbrook Park in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – City engineers in Bloomington had to respond quickly after discovering one of their sirens had been vandalized.

Outdoor warning sirens are routinely tested every month across the Central Illinois to monitor and reveal any problems with the equipment.

Errors with sirens can typically be cleared remotely, but the Mclean County Emergency Management Agency had to send out city engineers this week to check on a Bloomington siren at Rollingbrook Park that had turned red on their screens.

Once the engineers arrived on Tuesday, they discovered that the siren had not only been vandalized but was also inoperable.

According to a Facebook post from the Mclean County Emergency Management Agency, if there had been a weather related emergency while the siren was inoperable then the consequences could have been fatal.

“We are definitely saying see something say something, that’s not just sirens, but sirens are a life safety issue and if they’re not functioning, there’s going to be people that don’t hear them. “

-Cathy Beck, Acting Director for McLean County Emergency Management Agency

Repairs have been made and the the siren is back to being fully functional.

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