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Installation begins on Museum Fire flood sirens

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Four elevated high-power speaker arrays will be installed in Flagstaff’s Grandview Homes and Sunnyside neighborhoods and will emit alarm sounds and voice messages when the burn scar receives certain amounts of rain.

The installation of sirens to warn people of flooding in areas downstream of the Museum Fire burn area has begun.

Four elevated high-power speaker arrays will be placed in Flagstaff’s Grandview Homes and Sunnyside neighborhoods and will emit alarm sounds and voice messages when the burn scar receives certain amounts of rain.

If a quarter-inch falls within 15 minutes an alarm will be triggered followed by a voice message delivered in English and Spanish.

Higher amounts of rain will change the emergency notifications that’ll be broadcast.

The installation will continue through this month and officials will engage in public outreach about the system in June.

The City of Flagstaff, Coconino County Flood Control District, and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management are partnering on the project.