tornado anniversary

New England News
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tornado Scars Remain Three Years Later

Cathedral High School, the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts remains closed because of the damage caused by the June 1, 2011 tornado. Classes were moved to suburban Wilbraham
Credit WAMC

People in Springfield, Massachusetts reflected Sunday on the third anniversary of the tornado that left a major scar on the city.   While officials say they are proud of the recovery process, they acknowledge more work is ahead. 

New homes are under construction in the low-income Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood in keeping with a master plan painstakingly put together in the months after the June 1, 2011 tornado. A new elementary school is under construction to replace one destroyed by the storm. Thousands of new trees have been planted.

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New England News
6:28 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Houses Going Up In Neighborhood Slammed By 2011 Tornado

New houses under construction on Central St. in Springfield, MA in a neighborhood devastated by the June 1, 2011 tornado
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
6:11 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

FEMA To Pay Springfield $25 Million For 2011 Tornado

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Springfield, MA Mayor Domenic Sarno sign papers to accept $25 million from FEMA for damage to city property from the June 1,2011 tornado
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Communities Mark Tornado Anniversary

WAMC

Several of the western Massachusetts communities that were in the path of almost unimaginable destruction one year ago today will hold remembrance events.  It will be an opportunity to reflect on the one year anniversary of the worst tornado to hit the state in a half-century and also to look toward what many hope will be a brighter future.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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