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New England News
6:21 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Community Group Helps Couple Rebound From Disaster

Terry Humphries and MaryAnn Carroll in front of their restored home
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Volunteers Still Tackling Tornado Recovery

Western New England University’s Football team volunteering with Rebuilding Together at a house on Rowland Street in Springfield.
Rebuilding Together Springfield

  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.

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New England News
12:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mass. Still Taking Applications for Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program for Tornado Victims

Damage evident in Springfield on six-month anniversary of the June 1 2011 tornado
WAMC

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.

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New England News
4:10 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

State Official Pledges Funding To Repair Tornado Damaged Schools

Modular classrooms on the playground at the Brookings School which was heavily damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado in Springfield MA
WAMC

    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.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

State Funded Street Project Spurs Housing Construction

Street and sidewalk improvements in part of the South End of Springfield, MA
WAMC

    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.

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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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New England News
7:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Western MA Receives More Funds for Tornado-Damaged Communities

More emergency funding is being sent to western Massachusetts communities hit by the tornadoes a year ago this week.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says $3.9 million dollars in federal funding is available for eight communities. 

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray , who announced the money Wednesday in Springfield, said it is to reimburse the cost of repairs that were made to streets and sidewalks…

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New England News
4:00 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Volunteers Participate In Tornado Rebuilding Effort

WAMC

A city -wide natural disaster rebuilding effort took place in Springfield Massachusetts Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the June 1st tornadoes.  The city was also awarded more federal funds to cover some of the costs to repair its tornado damaged infrastructure. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        As the anniversary of the June 1st tornadoes in western Massachusetts approaches, the recovery has come a long way, but there are stark reminders there is still a long way to go.

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New England News
6:30 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Officials to review tornado claim process

WAMC

Massachusetts officials plan to release details of insurance claims connected to tornado destruction in the state's western and central parts last June. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down during the June 1, 2011 storm, killing three people and damaging or destroying about 1,400 houses and 78 businesses.

State officials will join Springfield's mayor at 10 a.m. Tuesday at a damaged home in that city to review how insurance carriers and the state responded to the storm.

New England News
1:12 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Massachusetts Funds New Housing Construction

SHA Robinson Gardens apartments , Springfield MA
WAMC

  Construction work on publicly funded housing developments in Massachusetts should be booming in coming months. The Patrick administration has committed tens of millions of dollars to build or preserve affordable housing across the state. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        $105 million in tax credits and subsidies from federal and state programs is being awarded for 36 housing developments in 28 communities.  State officials say this will build or preserve almost 22 hundred housing units and create an estimated 3000 construction jobs.

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