CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) - The City of Cedar Park will no longer haveearly-warning tornado sirens.
City Council members voted Thursday in favor of getting rid ofthe three sirens they already have instead of spending the hundredsof thousands it would take to expand the system by adding ten moresirens.
The city installed a system of Tornado warning sirens aftera powerful 1997 storm that also spawned the Jarrell Tornado.
Lindsay Walter, who lived through both storms, said she relieson these sirens to keep her family safe.
"We actually had to replace the whole part of the roof becausethere was a fencing pole from some fence in the neighborhood, wedon't know, that went straight through into the back room righthere, our sunroom," explained Walter while holding her daughter inher arms.
The city council's decision to do away with their only threesirens Thursday has Walter worrying this could be catastrophic forall Cedar Park residents.
"To not have that, I think that's just asking for a lot ofpeople to get hurt, a lot of things bad to happen to families whodon't have that warning," Walter said. "I don't like it atall."
Assistant Fire Chief James Mallinger convinced the city councilthat the system is confusing and ineffective and would needexpanding to cover the whole city, according to Community ImpactNews.
He advised against the city spending $300,000 to expand thesystem to 13 sirens.
"I actually recommend we get rid of the whole system," Mallingertold city council members Thursday.
Mallinger told the city it would be best to invest money inweather radios similar to one Walter keeps on hand and to educatethe public on their use.
Resident Andy Armendariz disagrees and believes sirens savelives, not weather radios.
"That's like taking sirens off cop cars and ambulances,"explained Armendariz. "You know, when it's there to save yourlife and it's going to get people out of the way, give them a wakeup call. When it is your life dependent on it, you're going to wantthem out of your way."
Walter also does not want to really on a weather radio shedoesn't keep on or monitor daily.
"Not everyone turns those on and batteries die and if there is astorm and you haven't gone to the store and you don't have freshbatteries, then what are you going to do?"
Walter said she will now look to neighbors and the news to keepher family safe.
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