tornado

New England News
7:31 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Survey: Many Western MA Tornado Survivors Still in Need

A survey of tornado survivors finds many with unmet needs as the one year anniversary of the natural disaster in western Massachusetts approaches.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Eight days of canvassing by disaster response volunteers in tornado impacted neighborhoods of Springfield found dozens of people who still need help ranging from major roof repairs to replacing household appliances and furnishings.

Steven Abdow, a board member of Springfield Community Together, the FEMA organized long term recovery group, said the unmet needs are estimated to cost $1 million…

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Survey Of Tornado Survivors Finds Many Needs Remain

WAMC

  A survey of  people affected by the tornado in Springfield Massachusetts nearly a year ago finds dozens still have unmet needs. These range from major roof repairs to replacing household appliances and furnishings  with an estimated total cost of almost $1 million.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
7:08 am
Wed May 2, 2012

MA Releases Additional Tornado Relief Funds

The Patrick administration has released an additional $520,000 in tornado relief funds for Western Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Most of the money is for home repairs in the nine communities hit hardest by the June 1st natural disaster, according to the announcement from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

City Hall Protest Demands More Housing For The Poor

This apartment house in Springfield MA damaged by the June 1 2011 tornado was later demolished
WAMC

Anti poverty activists want more housing for the poor in Springfield Massachusetts. The comprehensive master plan for rebuilding from the tornado does not call for more affordable housing to be built.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..

 

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New England News
8:21 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Springfield Group to Release Tornado Rebuild Plan

Springfield officials say they've finished designing a plan to rebuild the city after tornado touchdowns that wreaked havoc last June.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

They'll release details of the rebuilding plan in a 3 p.m. meeting today at Springfield City Hall.

Plan manager Kevin Sweeney says the initiative was based in part on input from 3,000 residents.

It combines rebuilding with economic development ideas.

Sweeney says they'd "like to see Springfield not just where it was on the day of the tornado, but in a better place."

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

City Seeks Money To Replace School Wrecked By Tornado

Modular classrooms with the tornado damaged Elias Brookings School building in the background
WAMC

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts announced Friday they intend to seek state and federal funding to build a new school to replace an aged  one that was heavily damaged by the tornado almost a year ago. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Needs Assessment Of People Affected By Tornado Underway

   Experienced disaster response volunteers are canvassing the tornado devastated neighborhoods of Springfield Massachusetts to conduct a needs assessment.  Local organizations will use the  collected information to help people still struggling to recover from the storm.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Housing Discrimination Complaints Rising

A foreclosed house in Springfield MA
WAMC

Civil rights authorities say they've seen a serious uptick in housing discrimination complaints in Massachusetts.  Its further fall out from the foreclosure crisis.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:47 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Businesses Return To Tornado Damaged Corridor

Nearly 10 months after a tornado caused widespread damage businesses have returned in surprisingly strong numbers to the commercial district just south of downtown Springfield Massachusetts. In the immediate wake of the June 1st disaster there were fears the tornado would be the last straw for recession slammed business owners, but that has proved not to be the case. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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