New England News
4:49 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery

The  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to the city of Springfield Massachusetts to help it recover from the June 2011 tornado. 

The tornado damaged South End Community Center in Springfield on June 2,2011. The city hopes to rebuild the community center at a different location in the same neigborhood
Credit WAMC

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the money will fund specific projects detailed in the tornado recovery master plan the city produced last year.

   HUD also awarded $7 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help rebuild other areas hit by the tornadoes of  June  2011 and the flooding that followed Tropical Storm Irene later that year. The money is from the same appropriation President Obama signed this year that led to $5. 4 billion in aid to five states and the city of New York  impacted by Superstorm Sandy.