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Recent weather prompts new interest in storm shelters

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

With recent tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma, an increasing number of Lubbock residents are thinking about buying storm shelters.

"I'll probably get a lot of calls for the next few weeks," said Art Cuevas of Art Cuevas Construction, Inc.

"They're concrete systems that they just dig a hole and set in the ground. It's like an old storm shelter, or even above ground you could use it for a storage shed. If you anchor it properly it will do the job," Cuevas said.

He says the shelters range in size from a 4X4 room to a much larger model like the one he is currently working on.

"It's going to be a 30X30 structure with about 18 ft. walls. It's down in the ground about 8 or 9 feet. It's 12 inches of concrete on the walls and about 18 inches of concrete on the ceiling. That's a big room, it's almost 1,000 square feet," he said.

Because of the shelters' weight, it's easier for builders to construct them in new homes as opposed to placing them in an existing one. They have to incorporate it into the foundation and all shelters must be approved by an engineer or a company approved by the National Storm Shelter Association.

These structures are rated for EF-5 tornadoes up to and including the one that recently struck Moore, Oklahoma.

Art said the structures start at around $10,000.

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