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Colbert County to add more storm shelters

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COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Colbert County is working to add more storm shelters to keep the community safe during strong storms.

Colbert County commissioners and the Emergency Managers Agency hope to install four by the end of the summer just in time for the secondary storm season, which could save hundreds of lives when the time comes.

The outdoor storm shelters can withstand 200 mph winds and debris from an EF-5 tornado. They can also hold more than 100 people inside and are handicap-accessible.

The new locations will be near Allsboro, Red Rock, Abby Church off East 6th Street and downtown Sheffield near Martin Supply Company.

EMA Director Mike Melton said they're pouring the concrete slabs at Allsboro in the next two weeks, and the shelter itself takes less than a week to put up.

These new shelters are in the rural areas so people won't have to drive 20 minutes to get to a safe place.

"Last thing we want is somebody out on the roads when the possibility of a tornado is coming through. We really hope that you get there to your safe place wherever you choose before the sirens, before the actual warning of a tornado is there," Melton said.

The mitigation grant from the 2011 tornado outbreak is what paid for the shelters. By fall, the county should have 22 shelters in all.

Melton also asks the community to know where all of the shelters are in case of a moment's notice to take cover.

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