There are reports of fatalities in the wake of a line of storms, including a confirmed EF2 tornado, that moved through western and central New York Tuesday night, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that knocked down trees, power lines and several buildings.
A city park seriously damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado that hit Springfield reopened today after a nearly $1 million improvement project.
City and state officials joined with residents of the Sixteen Acres neighborhood to praise the Camp Wilder Park renovations. Mayor Domenic Sarno said the park is an “urban oasis” in an area that had been ripped to shreds three years ago by the tornado.
" I almost had a tear in my eye coming in here today. To think of all the debris that was here and now look at this magnificent park. But, we always had a can-do attitude."
Sunday marks the third anniversary of the most powerful storm to strike Massachusetts in a half-century, an EF-3 rated tornado that killed three people, injured dozens more, and damaged or destroyed 2,000 buildings between Springfield and Sturbridge. Rebuilding in the city of Springfield has been aided by about $100 million in federal and state funds.
Daily Gazette photographer Pat Dodson was heading back to the Capital Region following President Obama’s visit to central New York yesterday when news broke that a tornado touched down in Schenectady County. Dodson spoke with WAMC about what the newspaper termed on its front page today “the path of destruction.”
The National Weather Service says spotters have reported apparent tornado damage with trees and power lines down down and a home destroyed as severe thunderstorms packing high winds and large hail moved eastward through rural Schenectady and Albany counties.
Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA was severely damaged by the tornado on June 1, 2011. Officials announced a $38 million agreement with FEMA that will result in a new school beingconstructed at the current location.
A Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts that was severely damaged by the 2011 tornado will be replaced with the help of federal funds. Rebuilding Cathedral High School is seen as a key step to completing the city’s recovery from the natural disaster.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to pay Springfield, Massachusetts $25 million for the destruction of public property by the 2011 tornado. It is a final settlement that city officials worked relentlessly to obtain.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have approved plans by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to spend $13 million on redeveloping an impoverished area of the city damaged by June 1,2011 tornado.
Damaged and blighted buildings will be torn down, streets and sidewalks repaved, new houses built, a park and other public properties improved in Maple High-Six Corners, a low income neighborhood still struggling to recover from the historic 2011 storm.