published Monday, May 5th, 2014

Walker County building emergency shelters with SPLOST

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — Walker County was sparred by mother nature last week when tornadoes touched down on either side, in Whitfield County and Northeast Alabama. But, residents were still on high alert and flocked to the few existing emergency shelters.

Walker County leaders say soon they'll have more options for seeking shelter from storms. Construction is set to begin soon on emergency shelters in three rural Walker County communities. They're being designed to withstand high winds and to hold as many people who live in those areas. Residents are covering the cost through the "SPLOST" or special purpose local option sales tax."

"We hope to be able to sustain ourselves better than we ever have in the past with training and facilities," Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said.

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