SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield is reflecting on the third anniversary of a tornado that left a major scar on the city.

Mayor Domenic Sarno has asked residents to pause for a moment of remembrance, and for churches to chime their bells at 4:38 p.m. on Sunday. That was the exact time the EF-3 tornado touched down on June 1, 2011. It went on to cut a 6.2 mile swath of damage in Springfield, including a portion of the downtown area that is now the proposed site of an $800 million resort casino.

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Sarno says the recovery process has been “long and arduous,” but that the city has made great progress.

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The tornado was one of several that struck western Massachusetts that day. Three people died and about 1,400 homes were damaged or destroyed.

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