May 22nd Yates County Flooding Update

Wanted: Detergent

The Living Well has a great need for donations of laundry detergent. You can drop it off at Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St.

From Yates County Public Health:

For those involved in cleanup activities from the recent flooding in Yates County it is important that your tetanus vaccination be up to date.  For anyone whose last tetanus vaccine was more than 10 years ago, a booster dose is needed. Those unable to receive tetanus vaccine through their physician’s office can contact Yates County Public Health at 315-536-5160.


The dumpster on Powell Lane is available to Yates County residents to dump storm debris until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (5/27)


Our volunteers are outnumbering the jobs on their list.  If you have not been able to complete the flood debris clean up at your home, please contact The Living Well at 315-521-6883.   We have many volunteers ready for an assignment big or small.  They will travel to outlying affected areas. 



The State of Emergency (SOE) continues in parts of Yates County especially parts Keuka, Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes in Yates County (65 miles of lake shore). All due to heavy rain falls and flooding.

Keuka Lake is the highest above norm having peaked at 715.7 on May 16. A “no wake” (5mph) order was put into effect at the time. The normal height for this time of year would be 714.2. The lake today is 715.2, and is gradually rescinding as 5 gates at Penn Yan are wide open discharging into the Keuka Outlet to Seneca Lake.

Although boat traffic has been minimal many boaters, especially from out of the region have not heeded the “no wake” rule and two concerns remain, (1) the amount of floating debris in the lakes of dock parts, trees, and other obstructions is dangerous to boaters, (2) the many docks that remain under water being further damaged by boat wakes. Thus a life and property safety issue is concerning.

As a part of the declared County State of Emergency the Sheriff is ordering in the interest of public safety no motorized boat traffic on Keuka Lake until the lakes height recedes more. Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will be enforcing the ban and violators may be charged with disorderly conduct. Public boat launching sites at Penn Yan, State Park and Branchport are requested to be closed to motorized vessel launches and marinas are also advised. Should there be an “exigent” circumstance requiring an exception consideration please call the Sheriff’s office at 315-536-4438.


Keuka Lake – Motorized vessels banned.

Seneca Lake / Canandaigua Lake – “no wake” 5 mph rule in effect.

Sheriff Ron Spike

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