REVERE (CBS) – Revere City Hall reopened Thursday for the first time since a powerful tornado tore through the community. City Hall is just one of dozens of buildings and homes damaged by Monday’s twister.

When the tornado hit the building, Denise Masiello-Stasio was working in the Tax Collector’s office. “The window shattered in the front office, in the back office the ceiling came down,” she says.

Gallery: Revere Tornado Damage

Those windows are being replaced but the memory of the 120 mile per hour winds are fresh in the minds of those who were affected.

Revere residents applying for assistance outside City Hall learned that this disaster does not meet the minimum threshold set by FEMA for federal aid. The agency requires major damage to at least 100 homes and at least $9.1 million in total damage before they chip in. In Revere, only 65 homes were severely damaged.

Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo says this doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any federal assistance. Rizzo says he’s had meetings with the state’s congressional delegation, including Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren.

The city hosted a public meeting Wednesday night to help residents figure out how to file private insurance claims.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports



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