Tornado-Torn Arkansas Town to Build Shelter with Grant Money


Tornado-Torn Arkansas Town to Build Shelter with Grant Money

An Arkansas town damaged by an April 2014 tornado will receive more than $1 million in federal grant money to build a safe room that will shelter more than a thousand people.

Arkansas Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. French Hill announced the award of $1,049,438 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on July 15.

Vilonia, about 33 miles north of Little Rock, was devastated by an April 2014 tornado that killed 16 people in Arkansas.

A new intermediate school was almost finished when the tornado leveled it. The grant will pay for a safe room to house up to 1,048 people and withstand winds up to 250 mph in that rebuilt school.

Hundreds of Vilonia residents sheltered in 2014 in a similar safe room built with grant money received after a deadly 2011 tornado.

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