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Picking up the pieces after devastating spring weather

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Albany/HV: Picking up the pieces after devastating spring weather
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DELANSON, N.Y. -- A community in Schenectady County that was hit hardest by Thursday's severe weather is left to pick up the pieces on Friday.

"It's unbelievable, I can't believe it," said Jeff Bivens.

His mother's home was destroyed in Thursday's severe weather.

Memories can now be seen spilling out the backside of what's left of the one-story home.

"It's just unbelievable what can happen in a matter of minutes," said Bivens.

Now, every minute is about clean up for Bivens. He's been at his mother's home since the storm hit.

"She's doing okay considering. I don't think it really set in for her yet," said Bivens.

"Everything is gone, debris everywhere, it will take time for them to get themselves back together," said Mary Alice Molgard, a volunteer with the Red Cross.

Volunteers are donating their time to help start the cleanup process.

"We came out and brought some water and snacks and provided immediate assistance," said Molgard.

Friends and strangers alike have already stopped to lend a helping hand.

"I lost my home in Irene, so knowing what it's like to lose everything you just want to help out," said Mikayla Smith, a Duanesburg resident.

For Bivens, it's about putting away the devastation and focusing on the miracle.

"I'm feeling very fortunate my mother had to go and pick up my wife and son because otherwise she would have been sitting right here when this all happened," said Bivens.

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