Three years ago, a tornado nearly devastated the town of Ralls. But today, the town and the citizens are prepared if another one comes through.
Friday was the official ribbon cutting of the Ralls Community Storm Shelter. But it won't just be used during severe weather. It will also serve as a community center.
It took three years, and half a million dollars to make the shelter a reality.
"In 2005, our city was almost devastated by a tornado," said Kelly Wing, Mayor of Ralls. "And when I had citzens coming up to me asking 'Where do I go?' - It put alot of weight on my shoulders. And I said we've got to do something."
The shelter is above ground and made of concrete. Ralls authorities say it will be able to withstand an F-5 tornado.
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