- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FULTON, Miss. (AP) - Four new storm shelters have been opened in Itawamba County.

The Itawamba County Times reports (http://bit.ly/1z9R5d2 ) the locations were selected based on several criteria, including proximity to a fire department. The land also had to be county owned.

Houston, Centerville, Liberty Grove and downtown Fulton, next to the Itawamba County courthouse, received the new shelters.

The 21×10 foot shelters have a maximum occupancy is around 40 people.

Emergency Management Director Shae Collum says each of the no-frills shelters is built to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour.

Money for the shelters came from state and federal governments.

The new shelters join the 13 others scattered across the county.

Collum said the county is still looking at several more locations in which to place new storm shelters.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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