Storm shelter construction begins in Hancock Co.

By WLOX Staff

KILN, MS (WLOX) - More than four years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Hancock County, work is finally underway on a community storm shelter.

Wednesday, county leaders gathered in the Kiln to break ground at the Highway 43 shelter site. The contractor, C. Perry Builders from Sumrall, will also begin work on three other shelter locations.

The Kiln shelter (located at 18320 Hwy 43) and the Dedeaux shelter (located at 1095 County Road 350) will both be 10,000 square foot buildings, which will be able to hold 836 evacuees for up to 36 hours. During an emergency, both will be staffed by the American Red Cross.

The Necaise shelter (located at 30360 Hwy 603) and the Leetown shelter (located at 11328 Road 228, Picayune) will be 3600 square foot buildings, which will each hold 278 evacuees for up to 36 hours.

Another 10,000 square foot shelter is planned for west Hancock County, but construction has yet started at that site.

When all five facility are finished, Hancock County will be able to shelter 3,064 evacuees in five separate locations. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds are covering 100 percent of the construction costs.

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