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Meeting tonight for Penn Yan storm victims

Updated: 05/19/2014 11:08 PM
Created: 05/19/2014 6:11 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Families and business owners in Penn Yan continue to piece their lives back together following last week's spring storm that rolled through. On Monday night, those storm victims had the chance to learn how local leaders plan to help them recover and move forward.     

The community is in recovery mode. The meeting was to educate people on what the next step is.

Dozens of people packed into the Penn Yan Middle School Auditorium Monday night. Those in attendance have lost, or had serious damage, to their home or business. The damage is done and the meeting is about what's next. For many of these people, insurance won't cover the repairs.

Town, village and state officials shared what steps people can take to get low interest rate loans and how to get temporary items like furnaces and sump pumps.

Jeff Gifford, meeting organizer, said, “People don’t know where to go. They don't understand how the process works. They don't know what the next step is. They need to know what can they do, what they can’t do, stuff like that. So, the purpose of the meeting here is to bring in people who can tell them how the whole process works and then what we need to do to help everyone down the road.”

If you missed the meeting and want to know more about the services available, here is some helpful information.

For Businesses: Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, 1 Keuka Business Park in Penn Yan.  315-536-7328 or www.fingerlakesedc.com. 

For Homeowners: Keuka Housing Council, 160 Main Street in Penn Yan. 315-536-8707 or www.keukahousingcouncil.org 

The Living Well, Memorial Building at the Methodist Church, 168 Main Street in Penn Yan. 315-521-6833 or www.pyumcd.org/TheLivingWell. 

To listen to an audio copy of the meeting, click here. Courtesy of Finger Lakes Daily News.





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