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Progress Continues Three Years After 2011 Tornado

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Sunday marks three years since a tornado changes the landscape of western Massachusetts.

Thursday, city officials shared the progress of the Rebuild Springfield plan.

Mayor Domenic Sarno and city residents gathered with the board’s directors and staff as they marked the two year anniversary of the plan’s release.

Among the many highlights, the mayor reminded everyone of all of the hardships the city had overcome in 2011.

“Remember that year, January 2011, started with an ice storm and blizzards…then we had the tornado. Then we had the freak nor’easter Halloween. You’d think a lot of cities would just crumble up and say no mas. The exact opposite happened,” Sarno explains.

Folks also got the chance to tour newly rebuilt homes in the badly damaged Central Street corridor.

An estimated $2.48 billion is being invested in both public and private projects.


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