City rebuilt in wake of 2011 Springfield tornado

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) — Four years ago, a tornado ripped through Springfield, Mass. — leveling buildings and killing two people.

The blue tarps are gone from the rooftops that were once destroyed — and homes and buildings have been rebuilt.

But the effects of the devastating tornado on June 1, 2011 still linger.

Springfield received more than $90 million in disaster relief funds, and some projects — like a new community center — are still in the design phase.

MGM is planning to knock down an old school that was damaged by the storm, as it prepares to begin construction on a new casino.

Officials said the city received some federal money for the school building, and the federal government says it will watch closely to see how the city spends it.

MGM Springfield is being constructed with private money and when it opens — projected for the Fall of 2017 — all traces of the June 2011 tornado are expected to be gone.

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