DeKalb County storm shelters have open doors

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GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) - Three DeKalb County communities, Fyffe, Geraldine, and Shiloh opened their shelter doors this latest round of severe weather, even without a tornado watch.

Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables says, "Our policy is, anytime there is a weather storm warning, thunderstorm, tornado, any kind of warning, we open our storm shelter."

Ables and his police chief opened the doors of the shelter Sunday afternoon long before the severe thunderstorms were expected in the area.

"The weather did get pretty bad, there's trees down in the area, the roof off the dugout of one of the ball fields is gone, lots of limbs down in the roads, and we obviously cleared them up right away," added Ables.

The worst of the damage hit within a mile or less of Town Hall where the shelter is located. The shelter doors remained open throughout the night.

"We've had people in it that I've never seen before, nor since.  And, you know we don't check ID's, it's just open for people to come in and be safe," said Ables.

Even though no one came out to the shelter Sunday night, Mayor Ables wants people to know it is always available when any severe weather threatens.

"People here have the mindset to help other people any way they can, and that's why we built the shelter to begin with."