Neighbors come together after flood waters sweep through Yates County

Published 05/14 2014 08:57AM

Updated 05/15 2014 12:15AM

Penn Yan (WSYR-TV) – All Penn Yan Central schools will be closed on Thursday as Yates County remains in a state of emergency after severe flooding swept through multiple communities.

All after school activities in the district have also been canceled.

The Governor said state resources would be sent to multiple flood damaged areas in the Finger Lakes – including the Penn Yan area - after declaring the state of emergency.

The Red Cross responded to Yates County on Wednesday morning and shelters remain open. 

The town of Jerusalem and the villages of Penn Yan and Branchport suffered substantial damage during the flooding.

Penn Yan emergency management says 40-50 buildings needed their basements pumped and two commercial buildings were heavily damaged.

One of the commercial buildings has been torn down and the other is being examined by engineers for stability.

No one was injured because of the flooding, according to the Governor’s office.

Firefighters removed some residents from their homes overnight.

More Coverage:
- Raw video of flooding damage
- Photo gallery of the damage

The Red Cross is offering advice to residents:
  • Stay away from floodwaters. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

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