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Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery

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The  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to the city of Springfield Massachusetts to help it recover from the June 2011 tornado. 

Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the money will fund specific projects detailed in the tornado recovery master plan the city produced last year.

   HUD also awarded $7 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help rebuild other areas hit by the tornadoes of  June  2011 and the flooding that followed Tropical Storm Irene later that year. The money is from the same appropriation President Obama signed this year that led to $5. 4 billion in aid to five states and the city of New York  impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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