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New England News
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.
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.