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Tornado Cleanup Efforts Continue in Revere, Mass.

Team Rubicon is helping to remove trees and other debris for free

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    Team Rubicon is helping to remove trees and other debris for free after a tornado hit Revere, Massachusetts (Published Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014)

    The sound of progress could be heard Sunday in Revere, Massachusetts.

    "This is terrific," said 87-year-old Ursula Maccaro. "I never thought that this would happen."

    But it did. Maccaro hadn't been able to get a huge tree out of her backyard until Team Rubicon showed up.

    That tree barely missed her house during Monday's tornado.

    "It hit so fast, I don't know," she said. "I was shaking like a leaf."

    Team Rubicon, made up of military veterans, is going from house to house in Revere, sawing and hauling away trees taken down by the tornado.

    And they're doing it at no cost.

    "Something like this would cost several thousand dollars to remove, and we're happy to do it," Said Nathan Jacobs, an Air Force veteran Who served in Iraq.

    The organization is made up of thousands nationwide just like Jacobs. When disaster strikes, they're there.

    "What we are doing is taking veterans who are getting out of the service, really in the thousands, at this point in time with the downsize of the military, and we're putting them back to work," said Jacobs.

    Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo is humbled by the help.

    "It's people like Team Rubicon, Americorps, others who have been here in the city, neigbor helping neighbor," said Rizzo. "It's really making this process of recovery go so much smoother."

    "I think it's a great idea," said resident Peter Bucci. "I really appreciate the veterans do what they're doing and volunteering."

    The city itself has made a lot of progress in just about a week's time. Team Rubicon has cleaned up about a dozen properties in Revere.

    No one is more thankful than Maccaro.

    "Oh, I was so surprised that I would get help so quick. I can't believe it," she said.

    For the volunteers, this is really and all day task. They spent the entire weekend in Revere and they say they could be back.

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