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Crisfield City Officials Investigate Mysterious Noise

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Crisfield resident Felisa Games has been kept awake at night since last August — due to a nighttime sound that so far, no one has been able to identify. She finally attended a city council meeting in late February to ask for help.

Now, city officials are investigating what could be causing the noise, which according to Games, sounds like a siren and sometimes continues for hours on end. Games says that it’s up to city officials to find the source of the noise and put a stop to it.

People, on average, spend 90% of their time inside, and many municipalities have noise ordinances.

“The alarm comes on at 10 p.m., or 10:30,” she said. Games also says that the alarm doesn’t always turn off. “One time it stayed on from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.”

According to DelmarvaNow, Crisfield Mayor Kim Lawson and City Council members all told Games that they plan to put an end to the nighttime sound — as soon as they figure out where it’s coming from and what’s causing it.

There are a few different places that the council speculated about, which are mostly related the local water tower and could be a result of recent issues in the city’s infrastructure due to a harsh winter.

Councilman Erik Emely suggested that the sound may be coming from a nearby water tower, since the fence surrounding it does have an alarm. He also thinks that the alarm may be alerting the city to water leaks because of frozen pipes.

The Mayor herself suggested that a chlorine imbalance in the water supply could also set off an alarm; however, if the sound is related to the water tower, the city’s response time should be no more than 45 minutes.

The council also suggested that the alarm may be related to infrastructure issues in the city due to snow and ice — but Games reminded them the alarm has been going since summer.

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