SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (WGGB) — It’s been four months since tornadoes struck Western Massachusetts. Hundreds of homes, Margarita Mulero’s on Cherry Street in Springfield were heavily damaged or destroyed. Most people are back in their homes. But Margarita is still battling to get her home repaired. It suffered alot of damage. “The roof, the siding, the windows, the doors, the trees that are knocked down right off their roots. It just made it look like war and devastation.”
But four months after the tornado, her home is in no better shape. Margarita says she’s living a nightmare, “Still living it. I wake up and look and hope it was just a dream. But the effects are still here and it’s, I’m just not living it on a daily basis. I’m fighting with FEMA, filing appeals like everyday. It’s being revictimized and living it over and over again.”
All that will soon change, thanks to Rebuilding Together. From October 1st through the 5th, 1000 volunteers will rebuild 25 tornado damaged homes in 5 days. Colleen Loveless is the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together. She says, “Miss Mulero went around the neighborhood after the tornado picking up pieces of her home literally. The siding, trying to bring it back, trying to fix it and it’s obviously too much damage for her to do it on her own, so we’re here to help her out.”
Volunteers from Home Depot are going to be to replace all the siding, install a new roof, help clean up Margarita’s yard. Her home was selected from hundreds of applications for help.
And just in time, with really cold weather just around the corner, Colleen says there’s a sense of urgency right now with winter approaching. Homeowners are getting nervous because many of them are already dealing with roofs that are leaking,damaging insulation and sheet rock. She says Rebuilding Together is trying to get this rectified before it gets worse.
Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading non-profit, preserving affordable home ownership and revitalizing communities. Colleen tells me they have so many volunteers, they may work on 30 homes in need. Margarita is just happy and relieved her home is one of those being repaired.
abc40 and Fox6 will keep you updated on all the home rebuilds starting Saturday, October 1st through the 5th. Making a difference, rebuilding 25 homes in 5 days.