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St. Clair County warning sirens to be re-tested Tuesday

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI)-Residents of St. Clair County, Illinois should not be alarmed when they hear tornado sirens Tuesday morning. It’s just a test, but not the regularly monthly scheduled test. Last Tuesday, when the County did its regular monthly tested of outdoor warning sirens, several of them did not work and St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency officials are trying to find out why.

During last week's test, none of the sirens in Belleville and Millstadt worked and some in Mascoutah did not sound. Some of the 51 sirens throughout the county are decades old. Some are only a year old.

Three private contractors will be working to fix the sirens. County emergency management agency director Herb Simmons says if the contactors can't fix the problem the work may continue another day. So the sirens may be tested on Wednesday as well.

The sirens will be sounded in St. Clair County Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 9:30am. The county does not own the sirens but does activate them. The sirens are owned by local fire departments.