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SW Mo. Safe Room Projects On Hold During Shutdown

Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:01 PM by The Associated Press

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NEOSHO (AP) - Several southwest Missouri school districts that have planned new safe rooms since a deadly May 2011 tornado destroyed much of Joplin say their projects could be delayed by the federal shutdown.

In Neosho that means more than $10 million in projects are on hold because there's nobody at the Federal Emergency Management Agency that can approve the work. Similar projects in Webb City, Avilla and Joplin also are in limbo because of the shutdown.

The Joplin Globe reports school officials believe a delay in awarding contracts could mean construction on the safe rooms might have to be pushed back until next year.

An architect for several of the projects says it takes six to eight weeks to complete the bid process after FEMA approves of the designs.

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