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Penn Yan Flash Flood: One Month Later

Written By: Tanja Rekhi
Penn Yan Flash Flood: One Month Later

PENN YAN (WENY) -- Recovery is still underway a month after flood waters ravaged Penn Yan and the Keuka Lake area. Five to seven inches of rain fell in less than three hours in some parts of Yates County, and the surrounding area.
     State Aid was announced a few weeks ago. Governor Cuomo is now, calling on the President to open up FEMA aid.
     In the meantime, it's not quite back to business as usual in Penn Yan just yet.
     "Today was the first day we were open as a normal working hours," said Donna Neal, owner, Angel's Family Restaurant.
     About a month ago, flood waters ruined the basement at Angel's Family Restaurant, toppling freezers over and destroying stock.
     "We didn't have freezer space, so I finally got new freezers in," said Neal. "I have two that I have as loaners so as we build up the freezers, now we can order the food."
     Angel's is just one of dozens of local businesses on Main Street flooded out.
     Just next door, Owner of Lloyd's limited, Robert Champlain had to put in new floors and replace thousands of dollars in food and drinks that were contaminated by the flood water.
     "Between the labor, the cost of the concrete, the loss of the food, it's pretty expensive," said Champlaign.
     He's estimating a $70,000 loss. Clean up took him about a week.
     However, for some, recovery is still under way.
     Home Necessities lost at least $10,000 worth of furniture in their rent-to-own store. They've applied for state aid and are hoping FEMA steps in as well.
     "We had no flood insurance I don't think any one in this area had flood insurance. It's a trough pill to swallow all that lost inventory along with the damage to the building," said Mason Gingrich.
     Presidential action would make FEMA funding available to state and local municipalities, including Steuben and Yates counties.
     Governor Cuomo also requested a federal major declaration for Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, and Otsego Counties after recent severe storms.