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Photo Gallery: Scenes of the Tornado Devastation in Monson, MA

The streets of Monson were crowded with emergency crews, curious onlookers and volunteers two days after the devastating tornado

Patch's Barbara Bresnahan visited Monson, MA on Friday to capture images of the wreakage left in the wake of tornadoes that struck the town on Wednesday evening. 

Emergency crews from several towns in north central Connecticut assisted communities in Massachusetts with search and recovery efforts in Springfield, Sturbridge, Brimfield and Monson, as well as clean up operations. Tolland personnel spent the better part of Thursday night in Monson, just north of Stafford.

If you’re interested in assisting with relief efforts for the tornadoes that hit Massachusetts, the American Red Cross Connecticut Regional Chapter is looking for support. You can do so by calling 1-800-Red Cross, visiting redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation. 

Another easy way to help those affected by the storm is to provide food. Ready-to-eat non-perishable foods are most needed at this time. To donate, visit www.foodbankwma.org.

cindy cochrane June 04, 2011 at 12:26 PM
God Bless all of you!! Monson is a small but strong community, I love you all and am very sorry for all of your losses. The prayers and thoughts from my family, George and Faith Letter, my brother Hal sister Georgia nd myself go out to all of you. We are not there but this is our town too. Cindy Cochrane
Jessica Ciparelli June 05, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Sometimes a picture says 1,000 words -- in this case, 46 pictures say it all. The wrath of Mother Nature is downright vicious sometimes. Please keep the residents of Westfield, Brimfield, Monson, Springfield and all other towns hit by this devastating series of tornadoes in our thoughts and prayers. No one ever thinks it can happen to them...who would have thought an EF3 tornado would touch down in Westfield, Mass and travel nearly 40 miles on the ground to Charleton? The tornado that hit Brimfield, an EF1, struck the campground my parents and their camping buddies were staying at Memorial Day weekend. It was Village Green and one of the fatalities was at that campground. Quinebaug Cove, another campground they've stayed at in Brimfield was also damaged. I still can't wrap my head around the magnitude of what we witnessed here in New England on June 1. And that video of the tornado crossing the Connecticut River and gathering water from the river? It looks like something James Cameron or Steven Spielberg would have been in awe of -- it had that sci-fi feel to it. I will be sending a check to the American Red Cross -- I know I can't send much, but if everyone pitched in a little bit...some of these people lost EVERYTHING. Americans -- and New Englanders in general -- are resilient people -- Western Mass will rise again!

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