SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is looking for volunteers this weekend to help clean up debris left behind by the June 1, 2011 Tornado .
Nearly two years after the disaster, heavy amounts of debris remain inside Watershops Pond, despite lots of work done to clear the area surrounding the waterway.
On Saturday, the Springfield Police and fire departments will go out on the pond in boats to hook debris that will be pulled ashore and cleaned up by teams of volunteers and DPW workers.
In addition to making Springfield's largest pond a cleaner place, the cleanup may help police and firefighters in the future, Police Commissioner William Fitchet says.
"The clean-up of the pond is extremely beneficial for public safety agencies in case police/fire rescue has to respond to a water safety emergency," Fitchet said in a news release sent to 22News.
If you want to help, you are asked to gather near the new bridge off South Branch Parkway near Briarwood Avenue around 9:00 Saturday morning. The cleanup will continue into the afternoon, and if you cannot make it at that time, you can stop by later to help.