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Waterlogged shelter concerns Nitrate City residents

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Water pooling at a shelter entrance proved difficult to pass, according to residents. Water pooling at a shelter entrance proved difficult to pass, according to residents.
NITRATE CITY, AL (WAFF) -

Families in Colbert County want answers, saying the state of a community shelter in their area gave them limited access to safety during Monday's storms.

The issue in Nitrate City is that when it rains, the front of one of their community shelters actually fills with water, making it difficult for people to access, especially those who are handicapped. It's an issue residents have been concerned with since the shelter was installed.

The shelter sits on property owned by the Nitrate City Volunteer Fire Department. Fire Chief Kelly Aday said they donated the land to the county to use, and according to their agreement, it's up to the county to maintain the shelter.

Aday said he's asked several county commissioners to fix the situation, and each time he was told county workers were cutting grass and would get to it when they were done.

Residents are concerned about the issue only getting worse as we continue through the spring severe weather season.

"Of course we didn't have any damage around here, but the point of it is this water needs to be fixed so people can get in and out," said resident Peggy Agee.

We tried contacting officials with Colbert County on Thursday, but calls have not yet been returned.

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