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Saferoom Offers Safety if Storm hits Iowa School

ELDON, IA (AP) - Workers in Eldon have begun construction of a new saferoom for elementary school students that offers protection if a tornado hits the southeastern Iowa community.

The Cardinal school district is using grants and sales tax revenue to fun the roughly $1 million project.

District Superintendent Joel Pedersen says many people in the community have been concerned about the lack of protection at the school since a tornado hit the area 12 years ago. That storm killed two people in Agency.

Although high school students could seek refuge in a basement, the elementary has no safe spot. That will change when the saferoom is completed. It will have 1-foot-thick panels and steel supports.

Pedersen says the work could be finished by September.

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