State, Local Leaders Meet to Discuss Emergency Funding for Tornado Cleaup in Webster and Dudley - NBC10 Boston

State, Local Leaders Meet to Discuss Emergency Funding for Tornado Cleaup in Webster and Dudley

The Massachusetts towns of Webster and Dudley are looking for some extra help with clean-up efforts following the EF-1 tornado on Aug. 4

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    Meeting Held to Discuss Tornado Damage as Some Businesses Remain Shuttered

    State and local leaders, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Jim MCGovern, came together Thursday to discuss the clean-up effort and the future following the Webster-Dudley tornado.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018)

    What to Know

    • An EF-1 tornado from Dudley to Webster, Mass. was reported at 110 mph on Aug. 4, causing extensive damage to Main Street in Webster.

    • The Blessed Backpack Brigade, a local charity, lost nearly all of their warehouse donations.

    • State and local leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, met to discuss ways to bring in emergency dollars from the federal government.

    Several businesses remain shuttered near the Webster-Dudley line in the wake of last weekend’s tornado. Tarps are still up and some buildings are either demolished or condemned, including a warehouse for a local charity.

    “You name it, “ said Lauri Joseph. “It was in there.”

    Lauri Joseph and Mary Anne Bernardini run the Blessed Backpack Brigade and lost almost everything.

    “It’s all caved into the middle of wet, saturated, product,” said Bernadini.

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    The charity helps everyone from homeless people to those getting back on their feet with everything from food to basic supplies.

    “The food, the bedding, the tents, the sleeping bags, all that stuff ruined,” said Bernardini. “Gone.”

    Now as the charity tries to get back on its feet, the towns of Webster and Dudley are also looking for some extra help.

    On Thursday, state and local leaders met to discuss ways to bring in emergency dollars from the federal government, most notably the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    “The damage may not reach that threshold,” said Congressman Jim McGovern, a democrat from Massachusetts. “But yet the damage is still significant.”

    And they also discussed rebuilding and the future.

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    “What should that corner look like and what opportunities that it presents for Webster,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren.


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