New Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter on track despite rain

The new animal shelter will be done by November.

Posted: May 16, 2018 5:14 PM
Updated: May 16, 2018 6:03 PM

Despite a rainy season in the Shoals the new Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter is still on track to be completed later this year.

The new shelter is being built on Roberson Road in the cities industrial district. Florence Mayor Steve Holt said they basically lost a month of construction in February because of rain, but have doubled up on the work to keep the project on schedule.

"It would rain. Water would get in the trenches and we would drain the water but it would still be muddy," said Holt.

Holt said the most difficult part of the new Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter was the infrastructure and drainage system. He's hoping the rain will hold off so they can pour the concrete.

"We're ready to pour the floor now and once that happens everything else will not depend so much on the rain," said Holt.

The new shelter will be 12,000 square feet and be able to house large animals plus more dogs and cats compared to the old shelter that's just 4,000 square feet. Even though the rain slowed construction down the shelter is expected to be finished in November.

"It's really hard to work in construction when it's raining and the fact that they are still on plan with it, that's really good," said Florence resident, Kenzie Smith.

The shelter will cost a total of $3 million. It's a joint project between the city of Florence and Lauderdale County. The city put in $2 million while the county paid $1 million to make this project happen.

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