Work on Forrest County storm shelter continues

By Jeff Daley – email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Work on the Forrest County storm shelter is moving along.

When complete the shelter will be able to withstand up to 200 mile an hour winds and house nearly 900 people for up to 36 hours during a major weather event.

Seventy five percent of the 2.1 million dollar cost is being paid for with FEMA grant money, with the rest of the money coming from MEMA.

Original plans called for the shelter to be ready for use by the end of the year, but now officials say it will not be ready until February.

"Since Katrina we've learned a lot," said David Hogan, Board of Supervisors President. "This is just another tool in our arsenal to help keep the public safe during a major weather event and with the federal backing and the grant monies it was just a no brainer for the County."

During major weather events Forrest County officials will have the responsibility of deciding when to open the facility to the public.

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