Warning sirens to be tested


Alabama Power will test warning sirens installed downstream of Lay and Mitchell dams on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The sirens will be sounded at or around noon and will be preceded by a voice announcement.

The sirens are in place to warn residents living downstream of the dams in the unlikely event of a structural failure. Residents do not need to take any action when the siren test takes place.

"We do this every year, to ensure the system is operating as it should," said Herbie Johnson, Hydro general manager. "It is also one of the many requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which licenses our dams. The safety of our hydroelectric facilities and the safety of the public are our top priorities."

The sirens are located less than a mile downstream from the dams. They are separate from the horns on the dams, which warn the public about sudden water discharges when a turbine is activated or a spillway gate is opened.

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