Construction of Cross Plains ISD tornado shelter delayed

A $1.4 million tornado shelter that's planned for a rural school district in Callahan County has hit a snag as a federal agency waits to approve the building's design.

In November 2016, the Cross Plains Independent School District received more than a million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

However, the architectural firm's design hasn't gotten the final approval from FEMA, which is postponing construction of the project, according to a post on Cross Plains ISD's Facebook page. The shelter will be able to hold 1,200 people once complete.

The post also stated that once FEMA approves of the structure's design, Cross Plains ISD will hire a construction company.

The tornado shelter will also serve as a gym for the elementary school.

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