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Weather Alert Not Sent Out in Warren County

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Some residents wonder why a weather alert wasn't sent out before Sunday's storm.

The storm brought heavy wind and rain to the area. Lightning struck the Eagle Lake Baptist Church, and it caught on fire.

The county has a program called Code Red. It sends out automated messages via telephone to people who sign up for the service. It sends out an alert for any kind of severe weather. But county Emergency Management Director John Elfer says there was no need to alert residents Sunday.

He says the thunderstorm did not rise up to the criteria to issue a warning. The criteria is issued by the National Weather Service. Elfer says once NWS issues a severe weather warning, Code Red will send out an alert.

But not too many people know about the program. Only 4,000 Warren County residents signed up for the program out of a possible 48,000. Elfer says the program has been in place for over a year, but he's still working to spread the word.

The county no longer uses weather sirens. Elfer says the program is cheaper and allows everybody to be notified. However, he says people need to seek other notification systems and not just rely on the county.

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