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Lieutenant Governor Duffy to tour Finger Lakes flood areas; state of emergency still in place

Lieutenant Governor Duffy to tour Finger Lakes flood areas; state of emergency still in place

Photo courtesy of WENY-TV

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy will visit the Penn Yan area Monday afternoon, as clean-up continues a day after major flooding damaged homes, businesses and roads.

Flash floods ripped through the small village of Penn Yan in Yates County Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

Estimates are about five inches of rain fell in a 3-4 hour period. Flooding destroyed some buildings and caused severe damage to roads and bridges. Some residents had their cars destroyed and their homes badly damaged.

WENY-TV’s Asha Mackenzie spoke with a longtime resident of Penn Yan.

“Pray for Penn Yan,” she said.

Business owners are looking at thousands of dollars in damages. State environmental officials were on the scene to survey areas that were contaminated with oil and gas.

A state of emergency was declared Wednesday in Yates County by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Flash flood watches are still in place, as creeks and streams could still be impacted by more rain to come over the next two days.

 

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