Monday, September 26, 2011

Tornado Siren To Be Installed In Percy Priest Lake Area

News Channel 5
Posted: Sep 26, 2011 6:22 PM CDT

Updated: Sep 26, 2011 6:25 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Residents who live near Percy Priest Lake have been asking for a tornado siren, and they will soon be getting their wish.

The new siren will be announced Monday night at a meeting hosted by Councilwoman Karen Johnson.

She was elected in August to represent District 29 in the Percy Priest area.

In April, the area was represented by Vivian Wilhoite, who was lobbying for the new siren.

The new siren at Percy Priest Lake is part of a $2-million emergency siren upgrade and improvement plan approved by the Metro Council.

Former Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite said she became aware of the problem when a man told her he could only hear a warning siren from the I-40 side of the lake.

"It is important that people who are outside on the lake which is an area, definitely that area of Davidson County, they know when to take cover. They know it's serious weather whenever the sirens are going off," said Wilhoite.

There has been some speculation that the Smith Springs pumping station may be considered. Metro already owns it.

There are currently more than 70 tornado sirens in Nashville. The plan approved by Metro Council includes additional sirens and upgrades throughout the city.

Representatives from Metro's Office of Emergency Management are supposed to be at the meeting to talk about possible locations for the new siren.

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