|Updated: 4/19/2013 9:29 am
||Published: 4/18/2013 10:09 pm
FOX23 has learned tornado sirens did not work as a tornado moved towards the town of Spavinaw early Thursday morning.
Now, emergency management officials in Mayes County tell FOX23 they are making it a priority to get their warning system up and running.
"It was just like a horrific lightning just going flash, flash, flash and the thunder rolling and the rain just pouring in," said Jodi Read.
She found her trailer flipped upside down and smashed into her neighbor’s home.
Right now, she and her husband, Eugene, are just thankful this trailer was the only thing they lost.
“There was no siren here in town to let us know," she said.
The couple could've been seeking shelter in their basement when the EF-1 tornado touched down in Spavinaw.
"We didn't get down here to turn them on," said Fire Chief Eric Jones.
He told FOX23’s Dontaye Carter the tornado came in so fast they didn't have time to sound the sirens. However, he says they found out that wouldn’t have worked anyway.
"They (the sirens) don't even work," he said.
Jones says he found out the tornado sirens hadn’t worked for some time. He says they are working with the Mayes County emergency management department to get new sirens.
"I think God just had to protect us," said Read.
Jones says making sure the sirens work next time could save a life. He says they hope to have the new sirens in soon.