Officials Tour Tornado-damaged Areas on Fourth Anniversary
SPRINGFIELD — On Monday, city and federal officials toured areas of Springfield damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado and described rebuilding and revitalization efforts in the four years since as a testament to teamwork and perseverance.
“They have been very successful and they should be commended for it,” said Robert Shumeyko, Community Planning and Development director of the New England Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the Republican. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal called the tornado response the “best moment” of Mayor Domenic Sarno’s administration.
The tornado carved a 6.2-mile path of destruction through Springfield, which received $40 million in federal disaster aid to assist with rebuilding efforts.