State of emergency declared for Yates County

Updated: 05/14/2014 8:04 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 6:06 AM WHEC.com

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a State of Emergency for Yates County and deployed resources to flood damaged areas in the Finger Lakes, including Penn Yan.

"Communities in Yates County as well as other areas of Western and Central New York were hit hard by severe thunderstorms and rain showers last night, leaving flooded roads, houses, and damage throughout the region. Given the extensive damage in Penn Yan and surrounding communities, I am declaring a State of Emergency for Yates County to help local governments receive the resources they need as soon as possible," Governor Cuomo said. "The State is in close contact with local officials, and has deployed emergency response and recovery teams to affected communities to assist where needed. With the forecast calling for additional thunderstorms and more potential flash flooding, the State will be monitoring the situation closely to see how we can assist local communities, and I urge New Yorkers to stay safe, heed the advice of their local emergency first responders and look out for their friends and neighbors."

Right now, the following roads are closed due to flooding:

Penn Yan roads closed
Hamm Road
Stryker Road
Old County Road
Yatesville Road
Upper Belknap Hill Road, between Parker and Potts
West Swamp Road between Ferguson Road and Gorham Road
Pre Emption Road between Havens Road and Loree Road
Havens Road between Pre Emption West Road and Ridge Road

Town of Milo
Outlet Road

Town of Benton
Briggs Road between Town Line Road and Route 364

An emergency shelter has been opened in Penn Yan. It's located at 305 Court Street and you are asked to use the Liberty Street entrance. Right now, no animals are allowed at the shelter.

Penn Yan Central School District is closed today and will be closed Thursday.

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