SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The city of Springfield has received a $21 million federal grant to help pay the long-term costs of recovering from a tornado that hit the city two years ago.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development was announced Wednesday.

HUD allocated another $7 million to the state to cover damage from the storms. Four tornadoes touched down in western and central Massachusetts in June 2011, destroying or damaging 1,400 houses.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said Wednesday was "a great day" for his city and said residents and businesses have been through a lot in the last two years.

He said the money will allow Springfield to continue to rebuild.