O'FALLON, MO (KTVI) - On Monday morning a tornado siren at Avondale and Knaust Road in O`Fallon was damaged after a truck crashed into pole causing the bulk of the siren to come crashing down. St. Charles County officials say it can cost up to $40,000 to replace it. The siren covers a 1-mile radius surrounding the Avondale Heights subdivision. Residents like John Halas want it fixed as soon as possible.
'If I can`t hear it I can`t hit the basement, when you are buttoned up in a house during a storm you don`t have your windows open so you need something close by so you can hear it loud so you can hear it. I hope they repair it sooner than later for sure.' Halas said
The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital and there`s no word on a condition. Power was also knocked out for a few hours and restored. The county says there are 5 other sirens in the area to compensate, but want to remind residents to keep weather radios and alert apps on their cellphones in case of emergency.
At this point the St. Charles County Emergency Management Division is meeting with contractors to get an exact timeline and price on repairs