Federal Officials Praise Tornado Recovery Work
Federal and local officials Monday highlighted the rebuilding and recovery that occurred since a powerful tornado tore into western Massachusetts four years ago.
Top officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development got a first- hand look at the new homes built, businesses re-opened, public parks renovated, and trees planted along the 6.2 mile path the tornado carved through several neighborhoods in Springfield.
Acting regional HUD director Kristine Foye, who was in Springfield a few days after the tornado, marveled at how far the city has come in four years.
"I think it is incredible what they've done so far," she said Monday.
HUD gave the city a $22 million disaster recovery grant.
Springfield officials credited teamwork and thoughtful planning for the success, but said there is still more rebuilding to do.