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Kansas town gets new tornado siren after existing one failed last month

KMBC Kansas City logo KMBC Kansas City 5/6/2019

A new tornado siren has been installed in Rantoul, Kansas, replacing one that failed a few weeks ago.

"We are a small town, we don't have a lot of money, but this is one thing we needed," Rantoul Mayor Ron Parks said.

The new siren was installed over the weekend and tested successfully Monday morning.

Last month, the town's siren failed to sound during a tornado warning.

After an attempt to fix it failed, Parks said he was able to work out a deal with the company that maintained it to install a newer one.

"This siren will outlast me, so that's all I was worried about to begin with," Parks said.

It will take the town about three years to pay it off.

"It's a big weight off my shoulders," Parks said.

READ MORE:Kansas town gets new tornado siren after existing one failed last month

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