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Federal grant helps fund new public storm shelter in Mississippi

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SOUTHAVEN, MS -

(WMC-TV) – Storms are headed to the Mid-South and soon, hundreds of people in North Mississippi will have a safe place to run to.

This week Southaven city leaders voted to move forward with plans for a new storm shelter in one of the busiest areas in town and a federal grant is going to pay for about 95 percent of the project.

You can hear and see how serious people are in DeSoto County when it comes to preparing for severe weather.

Southaven resident Nathan Bruce said, "The safest place usually the bathroom in our homes. No windows, the center of the home."

Action News 5 has reported the construction of new storm shelters for six DeSoto County schools, and now the city of Southaven is following suit.

A new shelter will be built by the Southaven Arena off Highway 51 and can provide safety for about 1100 people.

"It gets pretty windy. We've got trees in our yard, big trees, and we see some limbs down," said Southaven resident Dana Wright.

Taxpayers will be glad to learn that like the school's project, a federal grant will pay for 95 percent of the project leaving the city on the hook for only about $150,000.

"A lot of people around here don't always have some place to go when a storm happens," said Josh Brooks, who is from Southaven.

After deadly tornadoes ripped through several parts of the country this year, people say they'll make use of the shelter to keep their family safe.

Bruce said, "I don't feel safe in my home during a tornado."

Mayor Darren Musselwhite said it's still too early to give any kind of timetable for when construction may begin on the new storm shelter, but Action News 5 will keep you updated on the progress.

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