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News :: Vinton council hears storm shelter concerns
· 12:33pm July 11th, 2014
With the recent tornado warnings that affected the Vinton and Benton County areas, there have been more residents using the storm shelter on Q Avenue.
And, as the Vinton City Council learned on Thursday, problems with the shelter.
Anna Sallee lives near the shelter on Q Avenue. The storm shelter serves families who live on Q Avenue, as well as those residing in the trailer homes on R Avenue.
But Sallee told the council and Mayor John Watson of problems she and others have encountered while trying to use the shelter during recent tornado warning.
One one occasion, she said, area residents were locked out, without a key that would open the door.
“As the storm passed, I stepped outside and saw many people standing outside the shelter,” Sallee said. “They were frantic, they we angry, they were scared. They didnt know what do to.”
The shelter had been set up with locked doors, and keys for those doors behind glass designed to be broken during weather emergencies.
But, said Mayor Watson, vandals have repeated broken the glass and stolen the keys. Also, some have broken the signs posted near the shelter doors on the east side of the building.
Another problem that Sallee mentioned is water leaking – like a “waterfall” she said – during heavy rains.
Also, she said the lights did not work.
Mayor Watson said he would visit the shelter and make sure the problem with accessibility was fixed. The doors are now unlocked; city officials will explore the leak issue in the near future.
The shelter -- named after the late City Coordinator Donald Martin -- opened in May of 2010.
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