- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The city is offering financial support to owners of historic buildings damaged in the 2011 tornado that tore through western Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says the $200,000 fund will cover unmet repair needs still lingering from June 1, 2011, tornado.

Properties must have been damaged in the tornado, located in the city-designated “Tornado Impact Zone” and be within a historic district, among other requirements. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

The 2011 tornado was classed as an EF-3, lasted over an hour and cut a roughly 40-mile path through Hampden and Worcester counties. The storm led to the deaths of three people, injured hundreds more and caused millions of dollars in property damage.

More information about the grant program can be found at www.springfield-ma.gov/finance/procurement .

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