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New safe rooms installed in Ardmore

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Officials said the storm shelters, or safe rooms, can take on 250 mile per hour winds which means it will be able to withstand an EF-5 tornado. Officials said the storm shelters, or safe rooms, can take on 250 mile per hour winds which means it will be able to withstand an EF-5 tornado.
ARDMORE, AL (WAFF) -

Limestone County leaders rolled out the first of eight brand new storm shelters. The county received the shelters after the federal government awarded them a FEMA grant.

Limestone County leaders said the federal grant would pay for 75 percent of the shelters and the county has to chip in the remaining quarter.

Crews spent part of the afternoon in Ardmore installing the county's first safe room. They said the storm shelters, or safe rooms, can take on 250 mile per hour winds which means it will be able to withstand an EF-5 tornado.

The new Ardmore shelter is built to hold 300 people. It is a pre-fabricated shelter. Limestone County leaders said they started the process nearly five years ago and are excited to finally start rolling the shelters out.

"We have numerous residents that do not have a place to go, that do not have any shelter at all," said Limestone County EMA Director Rita White. "It is going to provide a much needed service to people."

County leaders said the shelters are the number one priority on their hazard mitigation plan. They said the other shelters will be installed in the coming weeks and months.

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