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Severe weather safe room built at Lincoln Elementary


When bad weather hits, students and faculty at Lincoln Elementary say they'll be prepared.

Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Marion Unit Two school, Lincoln was able to construct a safe room.

The 8,100 square foot facility serves as a cafeteria and a safe room in times of severe weather. Some of the features include steel reinforced walls and roof and storm shutters. 

"This facility in a storm, in a severe storm, can hold about 1100 people," Lincoln principal, John Fletcher said. "So we could take our students plus a considerable amount of community or neighborhood members also."

Fletcher says the school has about 600 students and 55 faculty.

School administrators say the $2.1 million project began in October 2014 and finished up this past September...

Marion Unit Two is hoping to have a community open house to talk about the safe room later this fall or winter.

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