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Clean-up continues in Penn Yan

Created: 06/11/2014 7:29 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Leclair

On Friday, News10NBC is hosting a one day toy drive with the Pirate Toy Fund. A big truck will be in the Marketplace Mall parking lot between Macy’s and Old Navy. The truck will be there from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

News10NBC wants to collect new toys to replace those ruined by water and mud that flowed into a basement. The toys were being stored for a holiday giveaway this December. The organization called “Christmas for the Needy” estimates that $20,000 worth of toys was destroyed. 

Meanwhile, the clean-up continues in many parts of Yates County. It has been almost a month since the first of two major rain storms flooded the village of Penn Yan. 

Anyone driving in from the west on Route 364 will see construction crews rebuilding the culverts and drainage ditches that overflowed during the storms. The water was so forceful, it ripped away the road and the shoulders are being re-built.

Next, the crews will move to Route 54 in Keuka and 54-A in Jerusalem. Those are just the state roads with major damage.

Brian Winslow, Yates County Emergency Management, said, “If FEMA doesn't come in, I'm still trying to figure out where things are going to come from or what we're going to do.”

     

Winslow wasn't ready to give figures yet on how much this will add up to, but with so many affected, you can tell this has really taken a toll.

Winslow said, “We were averaging in my office 12-14 hour days, the weeks after the storm. We were up almost 41 hours from the storm immediately after.”

Firefighters never slept because of the back-to-back storms, which created dangerous conditions. Creeks turned into rivers. 

Crews have reinforced the archways so the creek underneath will flow properly again.

Winslow said, “We get any more of these storms that popped up like last month, we're in deep trouble obviously.”

Piles of work remain, mold is growing and the smell of rotting debris in dumpsters is still very pungent in the village. Most of the repairs are temporary, just to get businesses and roads open again. The long term recovery will definitely last through the summer and beyond.





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