Streets turn to rivers in Penn Yan

Updated: 05/16/2014 12:52 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 6:56 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

The rain continues to fall in Yates County. This comes just days after violent flash floods caused major damage in Penn Yan and Branchport.

As the rain poured into Penn Yan at 4:00 a.m. Friday, emergency crews were out in full force.

Chief Bill LaRock, Penn Yan Fire Department, said, “I just want to know what did we do to upset Mother Nature to deserve this. Other than that, we’re in pretty good spirits.”

They battled the downpours and took control of a road that turned into a river. They were laying sandbags to divert water and keeping storm drains clear.

Larry Strickland, Penn Yan Resident, said, “I’ve never seen anything like this, especially in this area.”

Residences and businesses have been destroyed, like the Arc of Yates County, which was underwater. Crews worked to pump it out as the creek across the street rose into a rough river.

Cindy Mattoon, Penn Yan resident, said, “This has never happened to us and the things it has done to people and businesses and families in the homes, it just breaks my heart.”

Unfortunately, the heartbreak will continue for many residents who will be out of a place to live this weekend.

Strickland said, “This cleanup is going to take months. It's not the kind of thing into two days that you'll see results. It'll be months before everything is back where it needs to be.”

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