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Penn Yan residents move forward with recovery efforts after crippling flood

Updated: 05/18/2014 5:33 PM
Created: 05/17/2014 7:47 PM
By: Rachel Spotts

Yates County residents are uniting to rebuild after raging flood waters wiped out roads, homes and businesses.

Saturday in Penn Yan was all about recovery and clean-up as people assess the damage left over from the storms, and crews worked to get all the mud cleared out of people’s yards.

A number of houses on Elm Street had severe damage from the flooding, but, as one homeowner says, there is still a silver lining due to the incredible support from his neighbors.

“I actually pulled in my driveway, and they were in here cleaning up my yard for me. What a stress relief it has been. You want to clean-up, but you still have to work,” said Bobby Kurz.

Kurz says he’s looking on the bright side. After days of flooding in Penn Yan, he says his house is just starting to get back to normal. His front yard was covered in thick, heavy mud, but a medical condition kept Kurz from cleaning it himself. His neighbors stepped in while he was at work. They came and cleared the mud and even planted grass.

“I just had admiration for everyone coming together and helping each other out. Young kids, high school, middle school and Keuka college students all her helping people they don’t know. That says a lot about our community. We’re a small town but we always help each other out,” said Penn Yan Fire Chief Bill LaRock.

On Monday, a meeting for anyone affected by the floods, residents or businesses, can come learn about options for grants, loans and any other financial support to get back on track. County and state officials will be there. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Penn Yan Middle School.


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