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      Emergency funds available to neighbors in Penn Yan affected by flooding

      Homeowners, renters and businesses that were affected by widespread flooding in Penn Yan are eligible for in emergency grants.

      Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in Penn Yan on Friday. Duffy said homeowners and renters who had their homes damaged by the flood can receive up to $10,000 in grants. Small businesses are eligible for up to $25,000.

      Duffy said the money could be issued as early as next week.

      "It is not a loan, it is a grant from the state from the old system of emergency aid and realizing the economics are such that people are not able to pay back the loan," said Duffy.

      Neighbors would still need to provide receipts and documentation but Duffy said they would not need to come up with that paperwork immediately.

      "In some cases, people don't have receipts yet. They haven't had a chance to work yet on this so they don't have what we're asking for is documentation down the road. There will certainly be an audit at some point," said Duffy.

      Much of the region was under water last week, as severe storms dumped several inches of rain, causing widespread flooding.