Penn Yan family deals with more flooding

Updated: 05/16/2014 11:40 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 11:15 PM WHEC.com

The past few days here in Penn Yan have been a nightmare for many families. The fire department says in the last 65 hours, they have gone on about 200 calls and many of them have been to homes that were hit on Tuesday with flooding and then again Friday.

Penn Yan Fire Chief Bill LaRock says, "The worst thing I had was going back and looking at the despair in people eyes when you come back and the water is going back in their houses again."

That's what happened to George Burett, a volunteer firefighter. Tuesday, while he was helping other with their basements, his own was taking on water and when he finally got back to his house.

"We were pumping the water out and one of my guys said, 'Get out of the basement now.' I said, 'Why?' He said 'Well, the water is coming. I though, 'Well, it is raining, and he yelled get out of the basement again, and as I did the water was like a tsunami," says Burett.

The water was so high in his basement, it came right to the kitchen door. Burett says they got almost everything cleaned up, when the rain came in again.

"I just thought ok here we go again."

Four feet of water came rushing back in to his basement.

He says, "We came back and said 'This is it, we have to get out of here.'"

With no power or heat, the kids are sitting by the fire as the adults are packing up everything that can be saved. The family is moving out the house is no longer liveable.

Burett says, "Having to hurry up and go, there is nothing we have 5 kids and there is no heat, no electric."

They aren't alone; strangers have shown up to help and friends and family including Burett's son, who drove in from Fort Drum. Everyone is helping this family get on their feet again.

Burett says, "It is overwhelming how many people have showed up."

"We are trying to get everything in perspective. No one got hurt in town, no one died and that is amazing considering the damage."

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