STORM AFTERMATH: Most Penn Yan roads reopen
Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 05:38 PM EDT
Penn Yan, N.Y. -- Following extreme storm damage, dozens of roads had been closed, but most have reopened, according to Penn Yan Mayor Leigh Mackerchar.
Crews were able to remove debris from local roads, and most state roads were unaffected by the storm, according to local officials.
Early in the day, North Main Street was partially shut down to traffic. Some of the storm damage washed away Jason Hassos' driveway.
"We're just lucky that the kids and family are going to be alright," said Hassos.
Meanwhile, Robert Young, who lives toward the bottom of North Main Street, was busy scraping parts of what appeared to be someone else's driveway from his front lawn.
"When I went to bed around 9, it wasn't bad at all," explained Young. "But when I got up, there was tons of water."
Downtown Penn Yan received the brunt of the storm's force. East Elm Street parking lots looked like an earthquake had hit. Mackerchar said a brook runs beneath the central part of East Elm and the water surge lifted shattered pavement, sending large chunks of it on top of cars.
By early evening, East Elm Street from Main Street to Central Avenue and Seneca Street to Central Avenue remained closed for the night, said Mackerchar.
Parts of Yates County were declared to be under a state of emergency by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Disaster relief aid was expected.
Local leaders did not venture to guess how much money in damage was caused by the storm.