Owner of mobile home park hoping to build storm shelter

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – New trees are now planted, and all the homes are rebuilt, after a tornado tore through Full Moon Farm mobile home park near Bloomington in 2011.

“You have a new outlook. It lets you know what’s important, what’s really important. It touches everybody,” said owner and manager Sam Mason.

Mason says he’s just glad no one lost their life in that tornado. He has chosen to stay living in the same spot after that, and rebuilt the homes there.

Right now, he relies on a weather radio and apps to keep him informed of inclement weather, but he says he’s been hoping to do more. He wants to build an underground storm shelter on the property for residents.

“This area is where we’d like to put the storm shelter,” said Mason. “It would be centrally located, so all people from the homes could go into it, I think that’s the safest shelter you can get.”

The Monroe County Planning Department Director says they’ll be glad to help Mason in locating a shelter in his park, so long as the number of mobile home units are not increased. He said their zoning ordinance does permit ‘fallout shelters’ in all districts, which they would interpret as a similar use.

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