3 new storm shelters installed in Etowah County

3 new storm shelters installed in Etowah County

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One of the shelters. Source: WBRC video One of the shelters. Source: WBRC video
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Three new storms shelters will soon be in place in Etowah County.

Friday, workers are expected to put the finishing touches on newly-installed shelters in the Coates Bend and Gallant communities.

The shelters in Coates Bend are next to the Macedonia Church and the volunteer fire department. The third shelter is next to the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department.

The county EMA applied for a grant to build the shelters in 2008 but the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak delayed the grant.

Each shelter can hold 50 people.

"We'll have a process, to where we'll have a manager who will open and close them when they're needed. We'll open them when we're under a watch. We don't want people going into them when we're under a warning. We want them to already be there by the time a warning gets there," Mike Bryant, Gadsden-Etowah County EMA said.

The federal grant covered $90,000 for the three shelters and the volunteer fire departments also paid part of the cost.

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