Storm cleanup continues late into the evening in Penn Yan

Updated: 05/14/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 10:32 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The threat still isn’t over. Our entire area is under a flash flood watch until Friday. A State of Emergency remains in effect for Penn Yan, Branchport and Jerusalem in Yates County.

Emergency crews and rescue teams have been out all day, helping those in need in Yates County. The storm lasted a few hours, but the cleanup could take months in some of the hardest hit spots.

Ron Dailey said, “We waited until the morning for the water to recede and we got mud.”

As News10NBC’s crews drove through Penn Yan, we found people literally raking their lawns. While that isn’t all that unusual, the fact they are trying to remove mud is. It is all because of a creek that last night turned into a raging river.

Dailey said, “At 8:00 p.m., it started raining pretty heavy and it wasn’t bad. The basement had a little water in it. But about 11:00 p.m., the creek plugged up and broke over the side.”

Across town, it was a similar story.

Michael Bergesteresser said, “They tell me the water went up over the bridge.”

Early Wednesday morning, Bergesteresser came to his mother’s home to make sure she was okay.

Bergesteresser said, “There is a bunch of debris in the back field here. The foundation over here has been washed off.”

Foundation on both sides of the house was swept away by the flooding. Around the neighborhood, part of the road was picked up and moved and there are driveways that have buckled in. Many homes aren’t safe for people to return.

Bergesteresser said, “It is not very nice to see. It is my mom’s house and she is probably just going to lose everything.”

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