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Tornado Debris Clean-Up: Call for Volunteers

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB)- The City of Springfield continues to piece neighborhoods back together that were devastated by the June 1, 2011 tornado.

One area in particular seemed almost impossible to fix, the Water Shops Pond neighborhood. Slowly the process began, with the first priority of getting families back into their homes and lives back in order.

Now the time has come to bring the scenery back to life.  They have cleared the land and planted trees. Now the goal is to remove all of the debris from the water.

“We know there are trash barrels in there, shingles from roofs, insulation, branches from tree limbs that are sticking up,” says DPW Director Al Chwalek.

Once removed, boats and kayaks will be able to access the water again, the way it used to be.

 The city is looking for the public’s help this Saturday to assist the Public Works, Parks, Fire and Police Departments in the clean-up effort. If you wish to help out, please meet at the new bridge off South Branch Parkway near the intersection of Briarwood Avenue this Saturday, April 27th at 9 AM.  The clean-up is expected to go well into the afternoon.



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