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March 24, 2013

Good Hope storm shelters opening soon

GOOD HOPE — Storm shelters in the City of Good Hope will soon be up and operational.

And with the primary severe weather season in full swing, city officials feel the timing of completion couldn't have been better.

According to mayor Corey Harbison, the only thing left to be done is the hook up of water, sewer, natural gas, and electricity.

"The shelters are all bolted down now," Harbison said. "They don't have any utility hooks up, but we're working on that now and hope to have it finished within the next few weeks."

The two shelters, which will be able to accommodate 96 people, are being funded through a FEMA hazard mitigation grant. Harbison said the total amount for the project was roughly $160,000. Unlike the town of Garden City who has all five of their shelters at one location, the ones in Good Hope will be placed at city hall, and near fire station no. 2.

"I think April 27 opened a lot of eyes," Harbison said. "Up until now, we never had anything like this, so it's very welcome to the community."

The City of Hanceville is also in the process of hooking up the sewer at three of their community storm shelters, in addition to putting in sidewalks. They were awarded a $15,000 grant from the Cullman County Community Development Commission recently to help assist with the cost.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at

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