Businesses in Penn Yan clean up after massive spring storm

Updated: 05/14/2014 7:30 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 5:50 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

The massive spring storm is affecting a lot of businesses in Yates County. In some places, water was up to the windows.

Penn Yan businesses owners were having to hose down streets, sidewalks and inside their businesses after flash flooding destroyed a portion of downtown.  

Bill Turner, Once Again Shoppe, said, “It is kind of devastating, about ten inches in the basement.  It drained out to about two, but there's a lot of mud down there."

In the basement, there were toys, belonging to Christmas for the Needy, an organization that serves about 1,100 needy children during the holidays. More than $40,000 worth of toys was destroyed by the storm.  

Students from Keuka College are trying to help save some of the toys.  

Maggie Mercurio said, “I was really upset because they're trying their best to help the community and it's just getting ruined and it's upsetting, it really is." 

Across the street, there was damage at the Penn Yan Diner.

Sean Ahearn, Penn Yan Diner, said, "All the dumpsters floated away everything.  It came up ten feet into our basement took out all the stock, the freezers everything wiped out."

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