Open letter from Mayor Art Ward:
The City of Bristol was recently rated at the 84th Best Place to Live in the country for a multitude of good reasons, but probably one of the greatest reasons was the people of our great community and their resilience during times of distress.
Last Wednesday afternoon, July 21, 2010, Bristol became the victim of a tornado which left major destruction in its wake. Homes were damaged, businesses suffered interruption and devastation was evident throughout the tornado’s 1.5 mile path.
Within minutes of the appearance of this tornado, emergency services were initiated; Public Safety and City personnel were on site to address the needs of the populace and will remain dedicated to this objective until the situation is completely back to normal.
Citizens responded to the call by assisting neighbors and others adversely affected by this sudden disruption in life. We are most fortunate that no reports of personal injuries or fatalities resulted from this tornado. Property damage was extensive in some areas, but community spirit will continue to bring our City back to normal.
The National weather service responded on Thursday and after an extensive tour of our most ravaged areas, determined that we did indeed experience a tornado.
This determination will entitle us to request that Governor Rell apply for Federal funding to ease the financial impact of the disaster.
We are being assisted, with our contact from FEMA, through the efforts of Senator Lieberman, Senator Dodd and Congressman Larson with the hope of expediting relief as soon as possible.
I will always remain proud of the City, our citizens, our businesses, our City employees and those other organizations that rallied together in the face of this hardship.
Being ranked 84th out of 100 is quite flattering, but Bristol has truly earned a #1 rating for their community support.
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