MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Another June means another year of remembrance for tornado hit towns in western Massachusetts.
“She said. I’m going to the cellar right now, because Brian Lapis said get into the cellar…Down the street from me about a quarter mile it was gone. Everything was just gone.”
A lot has changed in Monson since the June 1st tornado three years ago. Many homes that were damaged or destroyed are now completely rebuilt. The Town looks more like a neighborhood and less like a construction zone.
However, there are still signs of what happened on that humid June afternoon. Homes that were completely private and in wooded areas are now open with views for miles.
“It’s all coming back up now. It’s going on three years, give it another three, six, nine years and it will be right back up there again,” said Norm Hamel from Monson.
There are still a few buildings being repaired or in need of major repair since the June 1st tornado, but aside from the physical toll, there was a personal toll that will last a lot longer.
For Sheri Langford, the June 1st tornado changed her forever; she became closer to her neighbors and church community of the First Church of Monson, which also suffered damage. But she sees lingering affects of the tornado in the lives of those who live here.
“It’s not only a physical thing, it’s a mental thing. There’s still kids that are dealing with complicated psychological issues putting themselves back together and not knowing how to deal with thunderstorms,” said Langford.
The time may have gone by quickly, but improvements can be slow.
22News asked Ed Rau from Monson, “It’s been three years does it feel like that?” Rau said, “No, not at all. Not at all. It feels like last spring. it went by quick.”