WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Thursday marked three months to the day since deadly tornadoes ripped through Western Massachusetts. But for some residents in the hardest-hit areas, it feels like that fateful June first was only yesterday.
The EF3 tornado that struck on June 1st left a 39 mile path of destruction from Westfield to Charlton, claiming three lives across the way. Two of those deaths happened just a block apart in West Springfield's Merrick neighborhood.
Some houses have been repaired, but many still have gaping holes and mangled structures. However, one pile of debris is noticeably gone- the Union Street house where Angelica Guerrero died protecting her daughter. It's the same house that Candise Casillas grew up in as a child.
"It's sad because my mom passed away, and my stepfather passed away in this house," reflected Candise as she gazed at the empty foundation. "So walking by or when I would drive by I would always think about when I was little growing up in the house. Now there's no house to picture the memories in any more."
Just one block away on Main Street is where 23 year old Sergei Livchin's young life was cut short by the twister. The remnants of the tree that crushed his car are now gone, but the memories of his loss are still painfully ever-present for those who loved him.
Sergei's cousin Valentina Burunova says the family is slowly rebuilding, but life will never be quite the same.
"It's changed a lot," she said tearfully. "His birthday was the 29th and it was pretty hard... because he's not around... it's just really hard."
The Massachusetts House of Representatives is working on a supplemental budget that includes ten millon dollars towards tornado recovery. But in Merrick, there were some things lost in the storm that no sum of money will ever replace.