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Penn Yan Diner making progress

Penn Yan, N.Y. -- It's been about three weeks since devastating storms hit Penn Yan, which has remained under a state of emergency.

"We are still in a state of emergency since we are receiving state aid and we still have state crews in the county," said Mayor Leigh Mackerchar.

Mayor Mackerchar said the village suffered millions of dollars in damage, but even so, many homeowners and businesses are making a comeback.

"I was probably frustrated that it didn't happen faster," said Carrie Ahearn, owner of the Penn Yan Diner.

The diner opened last weekend with limited hours and a limited menu.

"We've been able to expand it through the week with salad, sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs," she said.

But the work continues in the basement of the diner that was hardest hit. At the peak of the flood, the water level reached 9 feet.

"Our exhaust was at 8.5 feet and our water level was at 9 feet, so the mud had gotten inside the equipment," said Ahearn.

The diner stored much of its food in the basement, which is why it's currently limited.

The diner lost two freezers, and the employee bathroom had to be gutted out. The diner is facing $90,000 in damage and loss of revenue.

Mackerchar said the village is looking at more than $2 million in damage. He said the progress and support has been overwhelming and he hopes others will be back in business like the Penn Yan Diner.

"We are hoping to be open full time, full menu next weekend," said Ahearn.

The mayor also told 13WHAM state aid is on its way. He said there are 400 applicants. Residents and homeowners are eligible to receive up to $10,000 and businesses $25,000.

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