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Cleanup continues after severe storm

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POULTNEY, Vt. - The town of Poultney continues to recover after severe thunderstorms slammed Southern Vermont.

RJ Regensberger travels from Pennsylvania to visit his grandfather, Richard Piccolo, every Independence Day weekend. Piccolo has lived in Poultney for 30 years. But this year, the car the Regensbergers drove to Vermont in, isn't the one they will be driving home.

"There was a big storm and the tree twisted and it fell down on our car," Regensberger said.

The family's 2006 Toyota 4 Runner appears completely destroyed. Windows and doors were smashed in after a thunderstorm came through Southern Vermont Thursday and trees fell onto the car.

"Can't worry about what you can't control," Regensberger said.

Poultney was one of the towns hardest hit. Saturday, the wreckage was still visible as crews worked to restore power to homes. Poultney's fire chief, who has been in the department for 18 years, said destruction like this is a first.

"Storm damage no, no we've never had a storm go through in the time that I've been in Poultney, not the damage that we have today," said Chief Tim Kerber.

Although Poultney was pummeled, many, like, the Regensbergers and Piccolo's are trying to remain positive.

"Nobody got hurt, everybody's fine, and there isn't much you can do with nature except accept the fact that you are going to have problems," Piccolo said.

A small town with a big spirit that shows in tough times.
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