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Volunteers come to help Vermont victims of Irene

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ROXBURY, Vt. -

Every day, Mary Davis is still reminded of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

"You never would have imagined in a million years that something like that would be happening," Davis said.

The brook behind her Roxbury home turned into a raging river on that August day almost two years ago. Her house was inundated with water, her furnace destroyed and her yard forever altered.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Now, two years later there's still a lot of work to be done.

Mary Davis: No closure, there's still no closure.

But closure arrived this week.

"Those kids are out there busting their butts; it's amazing," Davis said.

Davis got some unexpected help from a youth group from First Church in Windsor, Conn. The group is on its summer mission trip.

"We've been asked to level it and smooth it all out. So, we're trying to recover the property," said Rev. Char Corbett of First Church.

Davis and her friends and family did what they could to the yard, but said at some point the project was just too big. They used FEMA money to fix their home. FEMA has given individuals and families more than $23 million in assistance after Tropical Storm Irene. But the federal money didn't cover damage outside Davis' home.

"There was so much to take into account; it's devastating. You wondered where you were going to begin with the cleaning up and picking up," Davis said.

"We don't have any engine power, so it's all by shovel, wheelbarrow and iron rake," Corbett said.

The kids didn't just hop in a van and drive to Vermont. Before coming they had to do 20 hours of training on things like tools and safety, and how to be sensitive when it comes to people who are still recovering.

"It is shocking as much training as we did to work with long-term recovery, the kids are pretty stunned still that there's so much to be done," Corbett said.

"For me that's the road to recovery, getting this done out there and feeling like you have a bit of your property back," Davis said.

The group says they could have gone to New Jersey or New York to help Sandy victims, but they wanted to go to a place people may have forgotten about. Vermont was that place.

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