- Associated Press - Saturday, September 17, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi’s two U.S. Senators say a nearly $1.5 million federal grant will fund construction of a “safe room” to provide shelter during severe storms in Clarksdale.

In a joint news release Friday, Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced the grant for the safe room at Coahoma Community College. The Republican senators say the 10,000-square-foot structure will be built to withstand wind speeds up to 250 mph.

The money will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agenc Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

According to the news release, the safe room will be able to protect 1,592 students, faculty, staff, and residents within a half-mile radius of Coahoma Community College. Federal funding, which totals $1.49 million represents 90 percent of the total construction cost.

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