Storm shelter pads pass compaction test

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 7/7/18

The communities of Oakman, Townley and Pineywoods are one step closer to receiving storm shelters that have been in the works for months.Walker County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Regina …

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Storm shelter pads pass compaction test

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The communities of Oakman, Townley and Pineywoods are one step closer to receiving storm shelters that have been in the works for months.

Walker County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Regina Myers said Friday that gravel pads for all three sites passed a compaction test Monday afternoon. The pads will serve as a base for a shelter.

Some adjustments, however, need to be made before Safe-T-Shelter can can be called to schedule a date for installation of the shelter structures. 

"We are having to do some extensions and some widening on them that the contractor wanted done," Myers said in relation to the pads.  

Myers said she is hopeful the call can be made to Safe-T-Shelter no later than Tuesday. It reportedly takes around one month to fully install a shelter.

Jeris Crump, contractor for the storm shelter project, said at a meeting of the Walker County Commission last week that the gravel pads made as a base for the shelters nine months ago had sustained some damage, due to heavy rains and runoff.