Tear Jerker Alert: Rock River Revival Project "Re-Beautifies" Irene-Damaged Road

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Neighbors gather to plant flowers along a stretch of Vermont road that washed away during Tropical Storm Irene.

South Newfane, Vermont after Irene.

South Newfane, Vermont residents break from planting bushes along a stretch of road heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.

Today feels like the first day since the aftermath of the flood that we're back together like a community.

Wielding shovels, rakes, picks and wheel barrows, over two dozen South Newfane, Vermont residents showed up here on the morning of May 6, 2012 to plant flowers and bushes along a rebuilt stretch of road that washed away during Tropical Storm Irene.

A caravan of volunteer pickup truck owners brought in topsoil while other residents dug holes into the hard-pack material on the shoulder of the road, preparing it for Bayberry bushes, Daylilies, Forsythias, sunflowers and lilac.

"Today feels like the first day since the aftermath of the flood that we're back together like a community," said resident Chris Triebert, taking a break from shoveling. "It's... it's just a wonderful thing."

Residents are calling their efforts the "Rock River Revival Project."

Watch a video of the Rock River Revival Project.

Follow updates about South Newfane and Williamsville, Vermont at http://www.facebook.com/NewfaneBulletin

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