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Quick work to clean up after tornadoes brings praise

November 30, 2011
Westfield Republican
What Mother Nature left as a mess last Monday in two communities was quickly cleaned up — by both area residents and road crews.

Twin tornadoes that impacted Westfield and Fredonia during the 5 o’clock hour took down plenty of trees and damaged a number of structures. But when daybreak arrived on Tuesday, a major effort to clean up the destruction was already in full force.

Martha Bills, Westfield town supervisor, complimented the emergency services and area highway employees who worked together. “We really appreciate everyone coming out on that stormy night to help everyone that was in trouble,” she said. “Everyone working together was quite impressive.”

Her sentiments were echoed by Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe, who also praised the work done by village and National Grid crews. “It was a good all-around effort by a lot of people who know what they’re doing,” he said.

Repairs are still being done to some structures, but for the most part, normalcy returned by Wednesday to both areas. Thanks to everyone who assisted.


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