There are now two new storm shelters open in Madison County. They were unveiled on Friday morning at the Meridianville Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Bobo Volunteer Fire Department.
The shelter in Meridianville can hold about 187 people , while the one in Ardmore can house about 90 people. The shelters are funded by a state grant along with the Madison County Commissioner’s operations budgets.
“Fire departments work very well because we team up together with them. They open them. They operate them. They take care of them. They’re around them more than we can be,” said Phil Vandiver, Madison County Commissioner District 4. “So it really works great to put them at a volunteer fire department or at a community center.”
Vandiver says next places the county is looking to possibly add more shelters is at the Madison Cross Roads Community Center and at the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department.