Penn Yan residents bracing for more rain

Updated: 05/15/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 10:24 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

It's like a one-two punch. People in Yates County have barely had a chance to recover from Wednesday morning’s storm and now they are bracing for even more rain and flooding.

The rain is back in Penn Yan. Community members are keeping a close eye on areas hit the hardest just a few days ago to make sure the damage doesn’t get worse. Property owners are taking steps to make sure their homes and businesses are safe.

As the rain clouds move in, crews work to protect businesses along Jacob Creeks. Homeowners like Doug Marchionda work to get their houses ready for any more flooding.

Doug Marchionda Jr. said, “Tuesday night’s rain was like something you’d see in a science fiction movie, almost. The rain tonight, we don’t know. We will have to wait and see.”

After the flooding two days ago, Marchionda has a plan and a backup plan in case it happens again.

Marchionda said, “Tonight, we have our normal sump pump. We actually installed a new one today because I believe we wore our other one out over the last two days. We have two other pumps sitting out back as far as stand by.”

He is even helping his neighbor by running an extension cord to his house, which doesn’t have power. Marchionda says it is a sense of community that is getting people through all the devastation.

Marchionda said, “Everyone is coming from all directions saying, ‘what can I do.’”

News10NBC saw a perfect example when we ran into Boy Scout Troop 44. They were loading sandbags for people. The boys were supposed to go bowling Thursday night, but they figured they would forgo the bowling and come here to help out. As they packed cars with the bags, the group is hoping the rain over the next few days isn’t anything to worry about. They know if it is, they helped prepare people.

Patrick Reagan, 14-years-old, said, “Everyone in the town is kind of in distress. Everything got flooded and stuff. I heard about the opportunity and it sounded good.”

If you or anyone you know needs sandbags, the troop left them in the parking lot off Powell Lane, which is off North Avenue near the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan. 

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