New England News
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Shutdown Slows Pursuit Of Disaster Funds

The federal government shutdown could further delay plans to rebuild a Catholic high school damaged by the 2011 tornado in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA was left unusable because of the damage caused by the June 1,2011 tornado.
Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA was left unusable because of the damage caused by the June 1,2011 tornado.
Credit Catholic Communications, Diocese of Springfield

   The pursuit of   federal disaster aid for the tornado damage done to Cathedral High School has been hampered by the government shutdown.  Mark Dupont, a spokesman for the Springfield Diocese, said a scheduled meeting with FEMA officials next week  may have to be postponed

   Just a month ago, the diocese announced a $49 million settlement with its insurance company after a lengthy arbitration process and is now pursuing additional dollars from FEMA. Since the tornado, Cathedral High School has operated in a former elementary school in Wilbraham.