Village Green Family Campground looks back at deadly June 1st tornado

BRIMFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three people were killed in the June 1, 2011 tornado, two in West Springfield, and one death took place at the Village Green Family Campground in Brimfield.

Five years later, the campground looks much different.

Lester Twarowski, the owner of the Village Green Family Campground told 22News the tornado destroyed about 90% of their land, and killed one person who was still in their camper when it came through.

They’ve rebuilt most of it over the years, but not all of the destruction could be rebuilt. The forest right behind the campground is still bare, the trees still split in half, a reminder of the damage that tornado caused.

“Trailers, trees, we had a 150 foot forest we had 100 acres of land and it was all about 25 feet tall,” Twarowski said.

There were about 15 people staying at the campgrounds when the tornado hit. Twarowski’s family provided shelter for another 12 people, who were stuck on the road in front of the campground as the tornado was coming through.

Everyone ran to the basement for shelter, except for a 52-year-old woman and her boyfriend.

The tornado lifted their trailer up, and threw it about 75 feet away, killing the woman, and severely injuring her boyfriend.

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