Flooding destroys homes, businesses in Penn Yan
Fri, 16 May 2014 11:53:42 GMT —
For the second time this week, flooding is causing major damage in Penn Yan.
Several small creeks along Route 54A overflowed their banks early Friday morning, causing major flooding in a number of homes along the Sucker's Creek.
Homeowner Nick Loan says at one point his basement was covered in 5 feet of water and part of his neighbor's garage was washed away.
A little further down, Champlin Avenue, was also hit hard. The Penn Yan Fire Department says several homes in that area will likely be condemned due to flood damage.
Several streets overflowed including Court Street which required crews to bring in sand bags. Penn Yan schools were closed for the day.
The American Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter. Currently, more than 100 people are using the shelter but that number is expected to rise as more homes are flooded.
Volunteers were going door to door to see what they could do to help. Nick Loan says despite the damage, thankfully no one was hurt. He says the community will recover from this, but it will take time.
Earlier this week, Penn Yan was hit with 4 to 5 inches of rain. Some are concerned that if the rain continues, the flooding could get much worse.