SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The June 1st tornado caused severe damage to several sections of the city of Springfield, including Cathedral High School, which was destroyed. 22News has new information on when the school will begin to rebuild.
Springfield Diocese spokesman Mark Dupont told 22News, the high school’s demolition could begin sometime this summer. They are hopeful the school will be able to reopen in early 2017. Dupont says looking back it was a blessing the tornado touched down when it did.
Dupont said, “We had young children, pre-school children, high school students; those buildings were full. One doesn’t want to go down that path, one could imagine the level of devastation had that tornado hit just an hour or two earlier.”
Work has also begun on cutting down some tornado-damaged trees behind St. Michael’s Academy. The trees are visible from Island Pond Road.