Update: Terry siren didn't sound during Wednesday storm - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Update: Terry siren didn't sound during Wednesday storm

TERRY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds E.O.C. Director Jimmie Lewis tells us four sirens in Terry were activated during the EF-2 tornado that passed through Terry around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. Along with one on Wynndale road, the activated sirens include one on Cunningham Street, one on Georgetown Circle, and one on Dry Grove Road and Tank Road.

Lewis tells us he got information the next day that the Tank Road siren may have been on pause when the storm hit. Lewis tells us the "comm fail" message that came through regarding the siren doesn't necessarily mean it didn't sound.

But we found out it didn't.

We asked Charles Dixon, who lives right across the street from the siren, if it sounded.
"No it did not," he says. "If it wasn't for you guys, we would have definitely been in the dark for sure. You showed the storm cell coming through, we knew it was coming."

Dixon showed us where the twister passed through the cemetery next to the siren, knocking down gravestones.

"We're happy to have (a siren)," he says. "This is the first one we've had in this community. But for it not to go off when we need it, very disappointing. We lost confidence in it and everything."

And Keith Partridge has a Terry mailing address, but lives in the county. He expected the siren at Terry Road and Spring Ridge Road to go off on Wednesday, but it didn't.

"According to what was on the weather on TV, we were in the warning cone. They had the track directly for us," he says.

The damage occurred about five miles away from his house.

Lewis tells us the Terry/Spring Ridge siren was not activated because, according to him, it wasn't in the path of the tornado. The new sirens can be controlled individually, so the activated sirens were hand-picked.

But by whom? 3 On Your Side received word Lewis was not at the Emergency Operations Center when the storm came. He wouldn't confirm or deny, only telling us he was in "Hinds County".

District 5 Supervisor George Smith, President of the Board of Supervisors, says if Lewis wasn't at the helm, it doesn't bother him, because siren duty is the duty of Lewis' assistant. 

Copyright 2011 WLBT. All rights reserved.

 

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Race across the lake: sixth annual Dragon Boat Race coming to Lake Charles

    Race across the lake: sixth annual Dragon Boat Race coming to Lake Charles

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 23:24:40 GMT
    Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)

    The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation will host their sixth annual Dragon Boat Races at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. The event benefits Children's Miracle Network.  In this year’s race, up to 30 teams will race across the lake, competing to be the 2018 Dragon Boat Race winning team. Each team consists of 20 members who paddle a 41-foot vessel to the beat of their team drummer. In our 30-minute special report Race Across...

    More >>

    The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation will host their sixth annual Dragon Boat Races at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. The event benefits Children's Miracle Network.  In this year’s race, up to 30 teams will race across the lake, competing to be the 2018 Dragon Boat Race winning team. Each team consists of 20 members who paddle a 41-foot vessel to the beat of their team drummer. In our 30-minute special report Race Across...

    More >>
  • WATCH LIVE: Former first lady Barbara Bush laid to rest

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:36 AM EDT2018-04-21 15:36:24 GMT
    (Source: KXXV)(Source: KXXV)
    (Source: KXXV)(Source: KXXV)

    The funeral service of former first lady Barbara Bush is being held at 11 a.m. today in Houston, Texas. Expected guests include former president Bill and Mrs. Bill Clinton, former president Barack and Mrs. Barack Obama and First Lady Melania Trump. Around 1,500 are expected to attend.

    More >>

    The funeral service of former first lady Barbara Bush is being held at 11 a.m. today in Houston, Texas. Expected guests include former president Bill and Mrs. Bill Clinton, former president Barack and Mrs. Barack Obama and First Lady Melania Trump. Around 1,500 are expected to attend.

    More >>
  • Authorities recover stolen motorcycle in Elton

    Authorities recover stolen motorcycle in Elton

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:32 AM EDT2018-04-21 13:32:48 GMT
    (Source: JDPSO)(Source: JDPSO)

    A man stole a motorcycle in the 2200 block of US 190 in Elton, officials say. 

    More >>

    A man stole a motorcycle in the 2200 block of US 190 in Elton, officials say. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly