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Nov 19, 2013 3:31 PM by AP

Terrebonne to get safe room for first responders

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne firefighters, police and other critical personnel will soon have a safe place to ride out storms.

The Parish Council introduced an ordinance Monday to build a shelter for emergency workers who stay behind during hurricanes.

Parish Emergency Preparedness Director Earl Eues tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1egeQJ7 ) the project is expected to cost about $159,042. He says FEMA will pay about $119,000, and the parish will provide the remaining 25 percent. The so-called "safe room" is expected to be built on the new parish campus, along La. Highway 24 just north of U.S. 90 in Gray.

If approved, he says the project will break ground within the next two years.

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