Testing new siren software in Madison County; child remains in critical condition after near-drowning

Madison County officials will be testing new siren software this week that will better protect area residents. EMA officials said the system is a lot more flexible and will give them a chance to be more specific when severe weather is headed toward a specific area. Tonight at 10, Shumuriel Ratliff will break it down and show you exactly how it will work to provide better warnings.

3-year-old girl remains in critical condition tonight after nearly drowning earlier this evening. The incident happened at Waterford Square Apartments in Huntsville. Emergency officials said the little girl was alive when they arrived but it's still unclear how she ended up in the water.

There is only one way in and one way out of a Valley subdivision and neighbors want to keep it that way. But emergency officials need more than one way to access the subdivision, saying it's a matter of safety. Coming up, the fight over the extra exit and why residents say they don't want it.

I hope you will join us tonight for WAFF 48 News at 10

See you then!

Kim Essex