UPDATE: Penn Yan, Yates County Hit Hard With Flooding (New Photos and Videos)
5/14/2014 4:53:33 AM
By Lucas Day and Greg Cotterill
There is no school Thursday in the Penn Yan school district.
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.
Yates County was hard hit last night with between 5 and 9 inches of rain. Roads, sidewalks, and buildings have been damaged.
Schools are closed and the American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Penn Yan Academy. They prepared last night for 100 people but took care of less people. They believe that number will increase as more rain this week could cause more damage.
WFLR's Lucas Day spoke with Sheriff Spike at the noon hour and he provided us with this update.
At 7:30 a.m. we spoke with Sheriff Spike about the devastation in Yates County.
Our Greg Cotterill filed this report after traveling to the Yates County village.
Sheriff Spike says in those areas 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.
From Bev Eggleston:
Some photos from Lance Robinson of Guyanoga Road:
Members of the Penn Yan Mustangs baseball team take a break from assisting in storm cleanup.
Photo by Steven Hall
Williams Road Photos - Angie Cox
Photos above by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio