By Felicia Lawrence
WEBB CITY, Mo. (KSNF/CNN) - Two years after a massive tornado hit Joplin, Mo, neighboring Webb City hopes to start work on seven new storm shelters.
But the government shutdown is delaying storm shelter construction at Webb City schools.
"However, until we get somebody in Washington to tell us that our FEMA structures are ok to proceed to bid, we're just waiting," said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Rossetti.
The $20 million project is expected to be completed next fall, but only three buildings have been approved by FEMA to submit for bidding. Construction on the other four buildings cannot be started until the paperwork has been processed in Washington.
"So, we'll be moving earth next month, probably, however the others, the other four, we're in limbo. I mean we're waiting to hear from Washington that those plans are ready to go and we can take them to bid," said Dr. Rossetti.
Dr. Rossetti says he is confident the project will be completed. However, the grants do have a deadline.
"If it continues, there is a time limit on these grants, so I would hope that we would get some credit to extend the period of time that we'd have to build those structures," he said.