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In this April 22, 2015 photograph, a car drives past the remains of trees that also bordered a trailer park and residential houses that were all destroyed by a tornado a year earlier, in Louisville, Miss. Several people were also killed in that area. Residents will mark the first anniversary, on Tuesday, April 28, of the 23-tornado outbreak that devastated Winston County. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Cochran, Wicker announce FEMA grants for safe rooms

JACKSON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker say the City of Tupelo and the Louisville Municipal School District will get more than $3.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund construction of three community safe rooms.

The senators, in a news release Thursday, said that Tupelo will get nearly $1.1 million to build a 6,813-square-foot safe room shelter at the Dot Cooper Park in Lee Acres, and another $1 million for a 6,370-square-foot facility at Theron Nichols Park.

The Louisville school district will get $1.1 million to build a 6,126-square-foot multipurpose safe room at the Nanih Waiya Attendance Center.

Both areas were devastated by tornadoes in 2014.

Each of the three new facilities will be built to withstand wind speeds of up to 250 mph.

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