Walking through the tornado ravaged streets of Springfield, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno gives Sen. Scott Brown and first hand look at recovery efforts on the ground and the devastation that still exists.
Sen. Brown says "It's really amazing to see it from the aerial tour to then coming on the ground and actually serving food and now coming a month later to see the progress."
As Mayor Sarno told the senator, all of the progress made so far wouldn't have been possible without the residents of Springfield.
Mayor Sarno says "It's the resilience of the Springfield people that's keeping us going 24/7."
This is the Senator's third trip to the city after the tornado touched down June 1st and says while it's impressive to see the work that's been done, there is still a lot of work ahead.
Sen. Brown says "They really stepped up and showed why Massachusetts is such a great state and that even though there is devastation, it's also hopeful to see peoples true character come out and I'm very thankful for that."
Sen. Brown says, while he will continue to fight for more federal aid, it will probably be a year before a final price tag is known. Either way, Mayor Sarno says he's confident that city will bounce back.
Mayor Sarno says "There is a silver lining to it. Two. Once we've already seen, the resiliency of the people and neighbor helping neighbor. The volunteers and good Samaritans. And two, we're starting to see now. There is going to be a lot of economic development and monetary assets coming down to the city of Springfield."
Recently, a $3 million dollar grant was awarded to the state Department of Workforce Development which will go towards the repairs of many schools and public buildings. Senator Scott Brown is hoping the jobs created by this grant will become permanent as the city continues to rebuild.