It was seven years ago today that an EF-3 tornado carved a path of destruction across western Massachusetts.
June 1, 2011 is a day many western Massachusetts residents will never forget. An EF3 tornado with winds of up to 160 mph carved a path of destruction 38 miles long from Westfield to Charlton.
Seven years after that day we flew SkyView22 over some of the areas that sustained the worst damage.
The tornado intensified as it moved through West Springfield and across the Connecticut River even passing directly over the Memorial Bridge.
In the Island Pond Road area of Springfield a lot of the trees are gone but most of the homes have been rebuilt or repaired.
The steeple on the First Church of Monson that was toppled by the tornado has been rebuilt at a cost of around $2.4 million dollars.
“Trees down we lost a lot that and all the glass… but everything is beautiful today.” Barry Muldrew
Homes that were completely destroyed in the area of Stewart Ave and Heritage Lane in Monson have also been rebuilt but the hillside still shows the scars of the tornado’s path.
Along Hollow Road and Haynes Hill Road in Brimfield you can still see how the June 1st tornado has changed the landscape but many homes there have also been rebuilt.
Nearly 10,000 acres of woodlands were destroyed by the June 1st Tornado.