Wearing #pystrong, Penn Yan students use day off school to help neighbors clean

Neighbors starting to clean up after severe flooding in Penn Yan.


fter assessing the damage at their own homes, a group of high school students from Penn Yan banded together to help their community. Penn Yan Academy Junior, J.J. Warren, started a facebook page where neighbors could ask for help.

"People have been posting where they need help and we've been able to reach a lot of people who wouldn't have been able to be helped otherwise," says Warren.

Proudly wearing #pystrong on their arms, they've been cleaning out basements and helping their neighbors reclaims their lives. One of those grateful neighbors is Carin Warren who lives on Elm Street and is now cleaning out five feet of mud from her basement.

"I can't even look at what we lost because it's too hard to look at but everything's gone," says Warren.

Penn Yan Firefighter, George Burnett Jr. Took the day off to clean his home on Elm Street.

"We've gone to a lot of storm details as a fire department but I've never seen it like this. Ever. And don't want to see it again," says Burnett.

They could see it again with another two inches of rain expected overnight, but no matter what happens, the people of Penn Yan stick together.

"It's amazing to see the support and I love to see these kids help so its a great community," says Warren.

Penn Yan is a community that holds each other up, when the water is coming down.