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DeKalb County storm shelters near completion

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Eight community storm shelters in DeKalb County are almost complete after red tape held up their construction for more than a year. Eight community storm shelters in DeKalb County are almost complete after red tape held up their construction for more than a year.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Eight community storm shelters in DeKalb County are almost complete after red tape held up their construction for more than a year.

Final touches are being done to the community shelter in the Shiloh community as well as Geraldine.

Shelters are now also nearly complete in Fyffe, powell, Henagar, and Mentone. The new shelters come with power, toilet facilities, and can seat 100 people. Two other shelters set for Crossville and Sylvania are temporarily delayed due to recent rainy weather.

All eight shelters were expected to be in place a year ago, but disagreements of jurisdiction over shelter approval at the state and a pending court case held up the projects for more than a year. The problems were eventually resolved and bids went out last fall.

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency Director Anthony Clifton expects the remaining two shelters at Crossville and Sylvania to be erected and ready by March 1st, the start of the spring storm season.

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