Mar 13, 2014 11:06 PM by Juice Godfrey
The flooding in Manitou Springs last summer revealed some problems with the City's emergency response. In an effort to correct those problems, the City has received a federal grant to install new warning sirens. At a cost of $60,000, two new sirens have been installed in the city. One close to downtown, and the other behind the Briarhust Manor.
Joe Ribeiro, the Manitou Springs Police Chief, says the new sirens should give better coverage of the whole town, but he stresses that you should not wait for the siren to go off to know when to get to safety.
'The siren is really that run for your life notification. When that siren's going off, that means we have seen active water flowing, flash flood moving in the creek." says the Chief. He wants everyone in town to be aware of severe weather, and be ready to take action if the need arises.
The installation of the new sirens is almost complete, and the City will start testing them soon for effectiveness.