HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Officials plan to continue replacing some of Hinds County's oldest emergency sirens, many of which do not work.
Officials will hold a ceremony at the corner of Harding and Monroe Street in Jackson at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon as they replace an old, broken weather siren. It's just one of the sirens that will be replaced in this phase of the project.
The county has already replaced 10 of its 57 sirens. In a recent test, those 10 were the only ones that worked, even though the county has been paying $400 a day to maintain its older sirens.
By the end of the project, all 57 sirens will be replaced.
Ten sirens have already been replaced, and 19 more are in the process of being replaced. In addition, the county recently voted to spend $500,000 on another 21 sirens. That money comes from an economic recovery go zone bond and must be paid back over 20 years.
Seven more sirens are awaiting approval from FEMA.
The new emergency system is expected to last up to 20 years.
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