Belva Deer to be outfitted with storm siren

SIGOURNEY- Lake Belva Deer has seen many improvements over the past couple of years as the park has received grants and other funding sources to continue to complete the long worked on project. Soon, another piece of the puzzle will be placed when a major piece of safety equipment is installed at the park: an outdoor storm warning siren.

At the July 15 Keokuk County Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors met with Keokuk County Emergency Management Director Larry Smith to talk about the project. Smith said that this project has been a long time coming.

“We started this whole process a year-and-a-half ago. They have now issued the subaward agreement between Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Department and Keokuk County for the Belva Deer Park warning siren,” Smith said. “We have had preliminary approval all along but this is one step of the final process,” Smith said.

Smith noted that there are over 50 cabins/camp sites at Belva Deer, and most of those sites are occupied each weekend to the max.

“That doesn’t even include those on the lake,” Smith said, underscoring the need for a storm siren.

For the rest of this story, check out the July 17th issue of the Keota Eagle.