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