The long term recovery group formed following the June 1st 2011 tornado in Springfield Massachusetts disbanded earlier this week. The group called Springfield Community Together consisted of volunteers from roughly a dozen philanthropic, faith based, and other non-profit organizations. One of the board members of the long term recovery group was Steven Abdow, who is business manager for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. He spoke with WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill
Efforts by residents of a low- income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts to recover from the June 2011 tornado have been dealt another setback. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development , which funded the 90- unit complex nearly 40 years ago, is weighing foreclosure.
A Springfield Massachusetts couple is having a heartwarming, yet bittersweet, homecoming this Thanksgiving. They are finally moving back to the home that was nearly destroyed in the June 1, 2011 tornado. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
The tornado caused major damage to the ranch style home of Terry Humphries and his wife MaryAnn Carroll. More than a dozen trees came crashing down, leaving holes in the roof. Then things got worse.
Some people will skip a trip to the beach this Labor Day weekend to labor in tornado damaged areas of Springfield Massachusetts. An official with the city’s long term recovery group says there is still a lot to be done to help people struggling to rebuild from the June 2011 disaster. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
State funding is still available to residents of Western Massachusetts who were hit by last year’s June tornado, who are looking to rebuild and renovate their homes, and make them more energy efficient. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…
The state-sponsored ReBuild Western Massachusetts program is designed to help victims of the June 1st, 2011 tornado rebuild their homes and businesses with some upgrades to help save energy.
The Massachusetts State Treasurer during a visit to Springfield Wednesday committed to fund the rebuilding of two tornado damaged schools. Special action by state officials means city taxpayers should be off the hook for any expenses. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A sweeping economic development bill signed into law this week by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick streamlines state funding for local infrastructure projects. State officials say an example of how it is suppose to work can be found in a Springfield neighborhood that was ravaged by last year’s tornado. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
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.