Breaking News: Flooding in Penn Yan
We have reports of flooding up in Yates County this morning. Three to five inches of rainfall caused serious damage.
Penn Yan (WENY) – We have reports of flooding up in Yates County this morning. Three to five inches of rainfall caused serious damage. The Red Cross is on the scene with upwards of 100 people impacted by the damage. A building came crumbling down in the early morning hours.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Penn Yan Academy, for those affected by flooding overnight. That's at 305 Court Street. Food, water and clean-up kits will be available. Area residents affected by flooding and in a non-emergency situation are asked to call 1-877-754-3711 and a volunteer responder will assist them.
The Red Cross has some safety tips for people in areas affected by flooding:
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.
Anyone wishing to help people affected by fires, flooding or other disasters is asked to consider donating to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting http://www.redcross.org/ or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to their cell phone bill.