Penn Yan prepares for more rain
Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 05:39 PM EDT
Penn Yan, N.Y. -- After getting pummeled by severe storms earlier in the week, Yates County residents were bracing for more rain Friday.
Storms moved through overnight and were expected to continue throughout the morning. Flash flood warnings were expected to be in effect for most of the day. State Route 54A closed due to flooding around 5:30 a.m. Friday.
The showers complicated cleanup efforts from the severe storms that passed through Tuesday night. The worst of the flood damage came near pipe culverts, with floodwaters surging more than 25 feet over creek banks.
The force from those pipes knocked down a building in downtown Penn Yan and caused pavement to crumble and sink.
Residents there were being extra careful in area near pipes as rain continued to fall Friday morning.
"I've been working on the driveway, just crossing my fingers that it will stay intact and everything will be alright," said Randy Spoor.
"If we get more water, it's going to be back to the same old thing," added Nelson Zimmerman. "Everything is just so saturated."
The Red Cross was providing assistance to people in need of supplies and shelter. Water, hot meals and cots are available at the emergency center set up at the Penn Yan Academy on Court Street.
Volunteers will also be distributing clean-up kits which include mops, buckets and bleach from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the shelter.
You can help by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help with relief efforts.