Hughes County Commission gets update on stuck siren

PIERRE, S.D. (KCCR) – It wasn’t an agenda item for the Hughes County Commission Monday night, but Commission Chair Randy Vance was curious about the status of the stuck siren. A civil defense siren, activated on June 6 as severe thunderstorms forecast to have possible winds of 80 miles an hour moved in on Pierre.

A siren that sits on top of the Hughes County Courthouse started properly, but failed to shut off with other sirens across the Pierre/Fort Pierre area. Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says they figured out why the siren failed to shut down.

Fines received all of that information Monday. The siren is owned by the City of Pierre and Fines is planning on forwarding his information to the city so they can determine what action to take. Fines was at the meeting to discuss the county’s pre-disaster mitigation plan with Commissioners. The sirens ran approximately 20 to 30 minutes before being shut down.