TYLER (KYTX) - The equipment is finally in and crews have installed all the pieces for the new emergency siren at New Copeland and Paluxy in Tyler.
Contractors tested the siren Thursday to make sure it works. But, neighbors say this job should have been done a long time ago.
"Progress is starting, you know. Would have been helpful if we had it a few month ago, but at least now it's getting up and people around here don't have to worry. I don't have to worry."
Charles Norrell says it would have been nice to have the siren working during Wednesday night's storms.
"But, luckily the severe weather didn't get too intense to the point where they had to issue tornado warnings and stuff like that."
The wind was still enough to cause damage to Shirlee McKay's roof. She lives across from Norrell.
"We just had this horrible storm. I mean, it blew my shingles almost off the roof. And, i drove around today and there's stuff around me. It could have been worse. It could have been a tornado."
And, she says she wouldn't have been able to hear any warning sirens.
"That's dangerous, especially with a lot of these storms popping up so quick. You don't have time to prepare. You don't know what's coming."
But now, they will and Norrell says that gives him peace of mind for the next time severe weather strikes.
"I'm disappointed it took so long, but once again, like i said, i'm happy with what's going on. My neighbors are happy with what's going on."