Lt. Governor Bob Duffy announces grant money for Penn Yan flooding victims

Updated: 05/23/2014 7:16 PM
Created: 05/23/2014 12:11 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

It's been raining all day in Penn Yan, making it hard for people to continue cleaning up after last week's flood. But even though Mother Nature isn't giving people a break with the recovery, the state is.

Today Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy announced to a room full of concerned residents that the state is providing emergency aid for those recovering from last week's devastating flood. Small business owners can apply for up to 25,000 dollars and homeowners and renters can apply for up to 10,000 dollars.

Duffy said, “Whether it's providing housing for those that rent, repairing housing for those that are getting a house cleaned out or a business back up and running. These are grants that do not have to be paid back. The state is providing these as an emergency measure.”

It's much needed relief for people like Carrie Ahearn. She owns the Penn Yan Diner with her husband. Nine feet of water filled the basement of the diner when the flood hit. But now, after much cleaning, they're hoping to open their doors tomorrow.  Ahearn said, “There won't be home fries, there won't be French fries, but I can flip eggs all day long.” Ahearn hopes to get the maximum in state aid. She says the money will help pay for the repairs and equipment she's borrowed from local businesses. “Patnen Hardware, Penn Yan Plumbing and Heating, Knapp and Schliapi -- all of those guys are just like we're going to get this to you so you can get open and we'll figure it out on the back side.”

Duffy emphasized that these are grants, not loans and they don't have to be paid back but people who receive the aid will need to provide receipts or other documentation showing their repairs.

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