Mass. gives $1.9M for tornado relief efforts
BOSTON (AP) -- The state has announced a total of $1.9 million in tornado relief grants to help the city of Springfield and the town of Monson.
The two communities were hard hit by the June 1, 2011 tornadoes.
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan says Springfield will receive $1 million for debris removal, reforestation and repairs to public parks. The city will also get $400,000 to plant new trees on public property.
Monson will receive $500,000 for a number of projects, including repairs to recreational facilities and the design of a new downtown river walk.
The grants are the first from a $4 million state fund that was announced by Gov. Deval Patrick on the one-year anniversary of the storms that claimed three lives in Massachusetts.