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Leon Valley tests new emergency siren

New siren will be added to existing system

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LEON VALLEY, Texas – People who live in Leon Valley may have heard a loud siren on Wednesday. The city was testing its newest emergency siren in the afternoon.

Leon Valley has used a siren since the early ‘90s to warn residents of flooding.

The Leon Valley fire chief said that because the flood plain has changed so much, the city was able to get a second siren through a grant.

The new siren will be added to the existing system and is expected to improve coverage of the entire area.

“Both systems will activate simultaneously, and with this new American signal system, we can actually remotely activate it before we had to go to the dispatch center and manually operate it. Any firefighter can do it from the field, and that makes us more versatile” fire Chief Luis Valdez said.

The sirens are primarily used for flooding, but can be used for other emergencies.

Valdez said residents should take action when they hear the siren. He said they should be prepared to take shelter in place or evacuate.

Valdez also said it’s important for everyone to have an emergency kit at the ready. 

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