Harvest Gets Grant to Build Second Tornado Shelter

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

HARVEST, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama community devastated by a 2011 tornado that killed nine people is getting a federal grant to build a large community disaster shelter.

Reports say the 480-person storm shelter planned for the city of Harvest will cost more than $953,000. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of the construction cost.

Tim Westwick, chief of the Harvest Volunteer Fire Department, announced the grant Saturday. He says his department is raising the remaining 25 percent of the money through donations. Westwick says he hopes construction will begin in early 2014.

It will be the second community storm shelter built in Harvest since tornadoes damaged more than 300 homes on April 27, 2011. The first shelter, which opened last month, can hold 120 people.

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