Malfunctioning storm siren gives Wylie neighbors rude awakening



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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 5:13 PM

WYLIE — A computer glitch in one of the city of Wylie's seven outdoor sirens led to more than two weeks of warnings that sounded each morning. 

People living in and near the Sage Creek subdivision in Wylie pride themselves on peace and quiet. So, imagine their surprise when at 8 a.m. sharp — every morning for weeks — they started their day hearing the familiar wail of the storm siren across the street with no severe weather in sight.

"If I’m asleep, it scares me to death," said Patricia Huffman.  

She lives a few hundred feet away from the storm siren that seemed a little too good at its job.
"It’s an alarm clock and I don’t necessarily want to get up," she said.
While she, along with other neighbors, just lived with it, at least one person did make a call to make a complaint soon after it started. The right person was reached Monday. 
"We found out we had a software glitch," said Wylie Fire Chief Randy Corbin. "As soon as we found out about the error, we are getting it fixed and I apologize for any inconvenience." 
Corbin says contractors will be out later Tuesday or Wednesday to fix the overly eager siren.