Shawnee County's emergency sirens were silent at noon Monday, but they were supposed to be. Emergency Management Director Dave Sterbenz says they've learned cold temperatures are too taxing on the county's older sirens. He say they had been blowing belts and fuses and burning up motors.
They've decided to not do the weekly siren test when it's below forty degrees. More than half of the county's 72 sirens are at risk for the problems. Sterbenz says they're slated for replacement.