$200,000 in grants being offered by Springfield for 2011 tornado damage

Many properties have been rebuilt over the past few years

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been more than 4 years since the June 2011 tornado tore its way through Springfield and other parts of Western Massachusetts, but many properties still haven’t been rebuilt.

Historic buildings that were damaged in the tornado may soon be repaired, because of an agreement with FEMA, the city has to offer up to $200-thousand dollars for repairs.

The tornado ripped through a 40-mile path through Hampden and Worcester counties in 2011. The storm caused millions of dollars in property damage, a lot of that damage occurred in Springfield.

Many properties have been rebuilt over the past few years, but others are still damaged.

So now, that $200-thousand dollars in federal and city funds is available to help change that. Tax money in the form of a grant will be used to repair the buildings.

But anyone interested in applying first has to meet certain requirements.

Your property is required to have been damaged in the tornado, and must be within a designated tornado impact zones. Properties must also must be located within a “local historic district” or “National Register District.”

All properties have to still have exterior damage, or emergency structural damage. Applicants also have to be registered with FEMA and have a FEMA registration number.

A review committee will then evaluate and score each proposal. All applications are due by 2:00 October 9th.

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