- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

MINATARE, Neb. (AP) - Construction is expected to be finished before Christmas on a storm shelter being built at a Nebraska Panhandle school.

The shelter at Minatare Junior/Senior High School will provide a safe place for people during tornadoes and other violent storms and provide extra space for sports and other school events.

The Scotts Bluff Star-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/22TFLng ) that the shelter addition will be made out of concrete blocks that will be fully grouted and reinforced. The ceilings will consist of pre-cast concrete slabs. District Superintendent Tim Cody says it will protect up to 500 people inside against wind speeds of up to 250 mph.

The addition will include a generator room, storage/concessions area, men’s and women’s bathrooms and a small gym. The total cost of the project will be $850,000.

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Information from: Star-Herald, https://www.starherald.com

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