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Campground cleanup underway

Branchport, N.Y. -- The work is daunting, but not enough to deter dozens of volunteers from offering their help.

Camp Good Days, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children and adults touched by cancer, has been greatly damaged by severe flooding in recent days.

A spring storm sent rocks and debris flowing from a nearby creek through the heart of the camp cabins toward Keuka Lake.

"Since the water is gone, it's left everything behind," explained Wendy Mervis, executive director of Camp Good Days. "Clay, rock, trees, debris; the physical manual part is getting that off the ground."

Dozens of volunteers cleared mud from cabin floors, moved logs and sticks from campgrounds and removed wheel barrel loads of rocks.

"I saw the pictures on the television of how the devastation was, and that motived me," said Amy Brandlin.

Hundreds of volunteers were scheduled to continue helping Camp Good Days with its cleanup through the week.

The camp is also accepting donations on its website.

Mervis said it will take more than $200,000 to restore the camp, which must be ready by June 28.

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