ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Looking out here now, you just see a corn field, but the Orchard Farm School District sees more than corn growing.
There's a sense of security growing, a building that will be able to protect more than 1,200 people during a tornado.
Orchard Farm already passed a bond issue to pay for a new pre-K center on this location.
The safe room will be incorporated into that project. It will be a multi-purpose room for meetings and training, but during a storm it could be a lifesaver.
The room will be fortified with 14 inch precast concrete and steel-reinforced doors, and will be able to withstand 250 mile per hour winds. There are about 100 safe rooms already in the state, but none in our area. It will also be able to protect more than 1,200 people during a tornado.
Federal money pays for most of the safe room. Orchard Farm will have to pay about $400,000. This should be complete by August of next year.
Troy Buchanan High School in Lincoln County will also get a safe room.