SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Some neighborhoods were almost unrecognizable after he June 1st tornado.
"A community coming together in what is just unprecedented destruction," reported Elysia Rodriguez.
2 days after the June first, 2011 tornado, 22News toured the damage on Pennsylvania Avenue in Springfield.
"I'm in front of what used to be someone's home and this is just one example of someone's life that has been completely shattered literally and figuratively this used to be the front and that's a staircase that once led somewhere now it's just in a pile of debris," said Elysia Rodriguez.
Two years later the neighborhood has transformed.
"I looked up and there was sky."
Homes that were leveled have been replaced with brand new houses.
"It's like living in a brand new neighborhood, Jay McLaughlin told 22News.
It's been a difficult two years for Jay McLaughlin's family.
They were lucky to make it through the storm unhurt.
"When you came up from the cellar what did you see? Nothing where there should have been something," asked 22News reporter Elysia Rodriguez
"When we came up we just saw daylight where there shouldn't have been and we couldn't get out because the wires were down and this was covered with trees and branches and we ended up having to climb out a window on the side of the house," McLaughlin said.
A day after that interview, his home was condemned and torn down with most of his belongings still inside.
"The tree that did the most amount of damage was right about here, McLaughlin continued.
Now there are no trees and no shade, tough on the heating bills, but good for Jay's new garden.
"Everyday I am in the new house is a day that I forget about the nightmare year, " McLaughlin said.