Cuomo declares state of emergency in Yates County

May 15, 2014

Officials in Yates County are assessing damage after thunderstorms ravaged the area Tuesday night leading to flash flooding in Penn Yan and surrounding towns. Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for Yates County.

Officials in Yates County are assessing damage after thunderstorms ravaged the area Tuesday night leading to flash flooding in Penn Yan and surrounding towns, leading to a declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Cuomo.

Leigh Makerchar is mayor of the village of Penn Yan. He says, in some areas, water was waist high. Flash flooding knocked down the village community center.

“It was like a large large pool that just filled up and filled up and whirled around a ripped up a parking lot and knocked a building down and left quite a, quite a mess.”

The water ripped the blacktop off of roads and washed away sidewalks. Makerchar says this flood is the worst they’ve seen in decades.

“In ’72 we had some flood damage here from that massive system, but no comparison. We drove up Liberty Street, which is the main highway and there were rocks the size of a poodle in the middle of the road, just debris all over town.”

Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency yesterday, which will allow Penn Yan and other devastated towns to receive state aid.