Created: 05/15/2014 12:07 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath
All hands are on deck in Penn Yan after a devastating storm earlier this week. For a second day, school was cancelled.
We caught up with ninth grader Preston Pedersen today. He said, ”I'd rather be here than up on the hill where I live or in playing video games.”
Pederson says he’d rather be helping his hometown rebuild. “Just to help out the community and to make sure everyone is safe, that's the most important thing.”
And he's not the only one. Busses full of Keuka College students are in Penn Yan as well. The students are helping to clean up the damage to businesses and homes.
Right now, dozens of roads are still washed out with deep holes. State crews have been working on Route 14A to clear out the culverts. Public assessors are also in town. They won't comment on the extent of the damage but it's clear, the community needs help.
Keuka College student Jolanta Davis said, “If we all come together, things can get better faster.”
Pedersen said, “Penn Yan is a small community where everybody knows everybody and if one of us is hurt all of us hurt.”
Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy will tour the Penn Yan area at 2 p.m. Thursday.