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Weather delays pushed back completion date for $3.4 million storm shelter in Adams County

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NATCHEZ, Mississippi — Weather delays have again pushed back the completion date for the $3.4 million storm shelter under construction in Adams County.

County Emergency Management Director Robert Bradford asked the Adams County Board of Supervisors Monday to extend the contract for the FEMA 361 shelter until Sept. 4.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1DbrQuc) the original construction contract for the shelter, which is meant for short-term use for up to 1,000 people, would have run out this month if it hadn't already been extended into the summer.

Bradford said even with the extension, an additional 90 rain days needed to be added for the project to be finished under contract. If the contract ran out, he says it could affect the funding for the project that came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"You can't work on a FEMA-funded project that is not contracted," Bradford said.

The shelter is located next to Natchez High School, a requirement of the grant.

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