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Volunteers Needed to Help Clear Water Shops Pond of Tornado Debris

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Volunteers are needed this weekend to help clean a city pond, riddled with debris after the June 1 tornado.

Teams from the Springfield Police and Fire Departments, Department of Public Works, and Department of Parks and Recreation will be out as part of a clean-up effort, trying to clear Watershops Pond of debris left behind in the water from the storm that occurred nearly two years ago.

Staff from the police and fire departments will go out on boats, hook debris, then bring it to shore, where it will be disposed of by staff of the parks and recreation department and volunteers.

Mayor Domenic Sarno’s office says that while a “tremendous amount of work” has been done around around the pond, a large amount of work still needs to be done in the water.

If you would like to volunteer and help with the clean-up, you are asked to meet at the new bridge off of South Branch Parkway, near the intersection of Briarwood Avenue, at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

The clean-up efforts are set to continue well into the afternoon, so if you can’t make it in the morning, the Mayor’s office says to come down to the area when you can.

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