Gov. Patrick announces new tornado recovery aid

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Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday that new funding is available to assist recovery and cleanup efforts in 10 towns in western and central Massachusetts that were hit by tornadoes last year.

The Democratic governor announced the $4 million fund while marking the first anniversary of the Massachusetts tornadoes.

The money will help with debris removal, assist local fire departments and restore trees in Agawam, Monson, Springfield and Sturbridge and elsewhere in the region. The funding also includes $154,000 for cleanup efforts in Brimfield State Forest.

Four tornadoes touched down a year ago, destroying or damaging 1,400 houses and 78 businesses in western and central Massachusetts. Three people were killed in the storm.

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