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Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York
Flooded Penn Yan & Surrounding Communities Continue Recovery
  5/14/14 @ 9:23 am

  Last Updated 5/17/14 @ 11:25 am


- Good News for area residents as no significant rainfall is in the forecast for the next several days.

- Yates Co. Public Health advises that use of susceptible water sources including shore wells poses risk of contamination as these shallow wells are influenced by surface water. Residents along the lakeshore are encouraged to consider the safety of their water source and if in doubt consider bottled water or municipal water.

- On Friday night, Penn Yan Village Police reported that a second man was arrested on Thursday night for causing a distrubance inside the restricted area in downtown. Officers responded to find a shirtless man who became beligerent towards officers and eventially had to be tasered when he physically resisted being handcuffed. Police charged Richard Fucarino II, age 26 of Penn Yan, with criminal tresspass and resisting arrest.

- Jeff Gifford of Birkett Mills is spearheading an effort to collect questions about disaster recovery in Yates County. The questions will be complied for a meeting at 7 pm on Monday May 19 at Middle School Auditorium. E-mail questions to

- After already sustaining damage from a storm earlier in the week, Camp Good Days and Special Times in Branchport is in even worse shape after Friday's additional rainfall.

- Penn Yan Recover Efforts (video) WENY TV

- At 6:00 pm on Friday night, Seneca Street reopened to traffic.

- Penn Yan Digs Deep WHAM

- The Outlet Trail foot bridge from Birkett Mills to Lake Street Park is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. The bridge is fenced off and posted in order to keep people out.

- Frustration in Penn Yan after more floods hit (video) CNY Central

- Cleanup in flood-stricken area starts... again D&C

- Get Your #PYSTRONG T-Shirt Donations to benefit flood relief

- The rain torrential rain has thankfully, finally stopped in the western Finger Lakes and Penn Yan as of 10:03 am.

- Congressman Reed visits Penn Yan on Friday FL News Radio

- Creeks & streams are overflowing in Bloomfield WHEC

- There has still been no injuries reported as a result of the flooding.

- Latest Weather Forecast & Live Radar at the Weather Center

- Track Latest Updates on Twitter

- Discuss the flooding in Penn Yan at our Yates County Community Forum

- Finger Lakes Economic Development Center offering 0% loans to businesses impacted by flooding in Yates Co. to help them get back on their feet.

- PY Flooding: Conservation of mass & the physics of the flood

Report & Video from Friday morning in Penn Yan as streets turn to rivers...

- Sheriff’s Traveler’s advisory for roadways and Keuka Lake remains in effect. The lake is about one foot above its norm at this time and with this new storm will likely rise higher. The lake has much debris floating in it from the storm. Drivers are cautioned that they may come upon barricades or roads that are only one lane so caution is advised.

- Sewer customers in Milo and Jeruselem have been notified to turn off grinder pumps that feeds their sewage into the Penn Yan Municipal system.

- Firefighters had to cut through second-floor wall to reach Penn Yan mom and kids

- More Video from downtown Penn Yan on Friday morning

- Village of Penn Yan officials have declared the damaged area of East Elm Street, Seneca Street and Champlain Ave. to be off-limits to the public. Officials are requiring unauthorized persons to stay out of those areas. Officials are also asking people to stay out of streams and waterways, for reasons of debris and containments.

- Steady work by State, County Highway, Town Highway, and Village of Penn Yan Municipal crews have mitigated or temporarily repaired many roads, streets, culverts and driveways.

- Penn Yan Police made an arrest of a trespass violator of barricaded areas near the Elm Street flood destruction overnight.

- The Living Well in Penn Yan continues to coordinate volunteers and the American Red Cross temporary shelter at the PY High School continues to operate for some whose homes are no longer habitable. OEM advises that NYS-DART teams made 228 home inspections in Penn Yan since Wednesday and 26 in the town of Jerusalem. 11 homes in the village of Penn Yan were classified severely damaged and 2 in Jerusalem. YC Public Health and Yates-Steuben Pro-Action have provided much assistance. Yates County Soil and Water have been of great assistance in assessments. The state of New York via the DOT, SP’s, and emergency management are providing added resources to address numerous issues.

- If you’d like to volunteer to clean up our homes, businesses and streets: Please call the Living Well at 315-521-6883 or stop by Penn Yan United Methodist Church under the blue canopy. If you are not able to help with clean up but still want to volunteer: You can show up at the First Baptist Church in Penn Yan on Saturday, May 17 at 8 am to help with emergency food distribution.

- Penn Yan Schools Update: Faculty reported Friday but students did not. Weather permitting, schools slated to open to all on Monday.

- Penn Yan officials are asking Keuka College and village residents to conserve water. The water treatment plant under stress due to storm.

- The Penn Yan Rotary Club has established a savings account at Lyons National Bank in Penn Yan where funds can be collected to assist those who have lost much and have the least ability to get back on their feet after this disaster. To donate to this fund, send checks to the Rotary Club of Penn Yan, P.O. Box 512, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

- Status of downtown Penn Yan businesses from the Chronicle-Express

- Penn Yan students used day off from school on Thursday to help neighbors

- Lieutenant Governor Duffy Toured Penn Yan on Thursday WENY TV Report

- Tons of information on Facebook at: Flood relief for Branchport & Penn Yan

Video of clean-up efforts on Thursday afternoon ahead of more rain:

Heavy rain and violent thunderstorms moved through the Finger Lakes on Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning causing localized flooding and power outages. Hardest hit was Penn Yan in Yates County which, as you can see by these photos, videos, and Twitter accounts, suffered massive damage...

- First Steps to Flood Recovery Extension Disaster Education Network
- Dozens of new photos from Meredith Marsh of Penn Yan
- HARD TO BELIEVE: Flood waters cause heavy damage in Penn Yan FL Times
- Downtown Penn Yan businesses taking stock after flood FL Times
- Penn Yan resident after storm: 'It's a disaster' D&C
- Lori Monroe tries to revive a kitten that had been badly injured in flooding
- Penn Yan Flood Damage Reduction Project (.pdf) NYS DEC
WSYR Raw Video: Massive flooding damage in Penn Yan

Due to heavy rains and flooding of streams and gulley’s emptying into Keuka Lake a large amount of debris is floating in the lake and the Outlet making it dangerous for boat operators, their boats and motor propellers. Boaters need to exercise caution and reduce speeds as trees, logs, stumps, and household debris are floating in the lake at this time.

Footage of Champlin Avenue on Wednesday morning:

Building collapse on Basin Street:

A mobile phone video of Elm Street and the surrounding area during the early morning hours of Wednesday as a pair or residents tour the flooding in their neighborhood:

Additional footage from residents with mobile phones: Local Weather Center Report - 5/14/14 @ 2:00 pm:

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED at 6:00 AM Wednesday morning
Pursuant to the General Municipal Law (209-f 2a) Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike has declared that a SPECIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY exists in parts of the County of Yates, especially in the village of Penn Yan and the town of Jerusalem where life or property may be endangered due to heavy rains producing major flooding of streams and rain water closing highways and eroding portions of highways, flooding homes, businesses, causing temporary shelters established and schools closed. Many state, county and local roads are an endangerment due to debris, power lines down, and moving water, etc. All emergency services have been active over night. Travelers should use caution as many roads and highways are not safe for passage due to the flooding conditions. The rains and flooding continues. The Governor’s office has been notified.
- Sheriff Ron Spike Yates County, NY

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