The City of Edinburg is a recent recipient of $3,600,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency for the construction of two 20,000-square-foot hurricane/tornado safe room shelters which will also serve as community centers.
The project, done in partnership with Hidalgo County, will create local jobs during the construction phase.
The multi-purpose serving centers will be built at North 2nd Avenue and West Von Week Street, and 315 E. Palm Drive. Total project cost for each shelter is estimated at $2,400,00, with the federal funds being split equally between the two.
The federal funding is a result of funds provided to the state of Texas for the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008.