TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuscaloosa County Commission is building another tornado storm shelter to keep residents safe.
Work crews have already broken ground and have poured the foundation for the shelter, which will be located near Northport in the Brownville community off Highway 171. When it is built, the tornado storm shelter will look like a shelter already built in the Samantha community.
District 1 County Commissioner Stan Acker says he expects the new shelter to be ready by the end of October. Acker tells CBS42 that area in the Northwest part of Tuscaloosa County has been needing a safe place where residents can go during severe weather.
“When there is a tornado, this is a place they can go be with friends and family and know it’s a safe place and know its FEMA rated to withstand the tornado,” Acker said. “A place they can take their kids and family and know its safe.”
The new storm shelter will be able to hold 50 people. Acker said this will be the fifth tornado shelter for the District 1 area built in the past five years.