Tornado Shelter Approved for High School

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By Rachel Begle

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A tornado shelter will be built at Burlington High School to give students and the community a safe place to retreat in a severe storm.

The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports the 8,600-square-foot room will cost $1.67 million. The district will pay $643,000. State and federal funds will pay the rest.

In addition to a tornado shelter, school officials want to use the room for wrestling and cardiovascular activities.

The school board has been talking about the safe room for nearly three years.

If the Federal Emergency Management Agency approves, construction could begin within days and be completed likely in November.

The school board approved the bid from Myers Construction of Sperry on Monday.

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