Tornado Damage: BrimfieldSince the June 1, 2011 tornadoes in central and western Massachusetts, the Patrick-Murray Administration has remained committed to helping impacted communities and residents use this crisis as an opportunity to rebuild, renew and rebound. Throughout the past week, members of the Administration have visited impacted areas and announced additional funding to help with recovery efforts. 

“Today, we mark the devastation of the tornadoes of the June 1, 2011 and resilience of those who have and continue to rebuild their lives,” said Governor Patrick. “I am proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and am confident that our communities are rebuilding and rebounding stronger than before.”

“As we commemorate the first anniversary of the June 1, 2011 tornadoes, we remember the lives lost and remain committed to helping all impacted families and individuals recover and move forward,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.  “In the aftermath of the tornadoes, our Administration has worked side by side with tornado-impacted communities in central and western Massachusetts and we will continue to do so until all communities are restored.”


Helping To Recover and Rebuild

In recent weeks, members of the Administration have traveled to western and central Massachusetts to recognize the individuals who dedicated their time to the rebuilding process, and to announce additional resources to assist the region. 

To date, individuals, homeowners and businesses have received more than $26.7 million in federal disaster assistance to cover uninsured losses. The Department of Housing and Community Development helped hundreds of families find emergency shelter and has so far funded $525,000 in home repair. The Division of Insurance served as a resource and advocate for consumers filing $200 million in claims. More than 98 percent of the 11,500 tornado-related insurance claims filed after the June 1, 2011 storm have been paid, with policyholders receiving $200.3 million from carriers.  More than 81 percent of claims were paid within four months of the storm. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has directed $2.3 million in state funding to repair more than 20 streets throughout the region.