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Officials with the Town of Ferdinand say the emergency siren located on the northside of the community is inoperable due to a recent lightning strike.

Ferdinand Town Manager Chris James issued a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the status of the north side emergency storm siren, in advance of potential severe weather that eventually rolled through the area later yesterday evening.

James says it was just over a week ago that the storm siren located on the north side of Ferdinand was rendered inoperable due to the apparent lightning strike.

James says police and fire officials are aware of the situation and that town officials are waiting for a crew to perform the necessary repairs.

He says until those repairs are finalized, they are asking residents, especially those on the north side of Ferdinand, to pay extra close attention to weather conditions and monitor their weather radios for emergency updates.

In the event that your weather radio is not functioning properly or needs to be re-programmed, please contact Dubois County Emergency Management at (812) 482-2202 for assistance.

Stay tuned to WBDC news for future updates, as well as the Town of Ferdinand’s Facebook page and the town website at ferdinandindiana.org.

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