Springfield is still recovering from 2011 tornado

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three years ago today, a powerful and deadly E-F-3 tornado swept through western Massachusetts, carving a 40-mile path of destruction from Westfield to Charlton.

Nearly 11-hundred applications were sent into FEMA to help people recover and rebuild following that 2011 tornado, one of those applications came from right here, the Cathedral High School in Springfield.

The powerful twister that ripped through several Western Mass communities left Cathedral High School and St. Michael’s Academy severely damaged.

22News found out the demolition of the badly damaged school could begin sometime this summer.

Springfield Diocese spokesman Mark Dupont told 22News hopeful the school will be able to re-open in early 2017.

This movement towards a rebuilding comes after the schools went through a more than two year long process of insurance claims.

Eventually, The Diocese received approximately 40-million dollars from the insurance company to rebuild or replace the tornado-ravaged school…. as of last March FEMA awarded the high school and St. Michael’s Academy an additional 39-million dollars

Along with several other affected Western Massachusetts communities who are holding events to mark the three year anniversary since the tornado hit.

Springfield will hold a moment of silence at 4:38 on Sunday evening, the exact time the tornado touched down in the city.

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