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Penn Yan damage totals $2.6 million

Penn Yan, N.Y. -- Infrastructure damage to the Village of Penn Yan will cost an estimated $2.6 million, according to Mayor Leigh Mackerchar.

One severe May rainstorm overflowed a brook that runs underneath streets and homes in the downtown portion of the village. A second, less powerful rainstorm added to the problems several days later.

It flooded homes, led to a partial building collapse, destroyed sidewalks, parking lots, damaged vehicles and led to 20 street closures.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been in Penn Yan in the weeks following the rainstorms. Members of the FEMA team have since left, according to the mayor.

Crews from the state Department of Transportation remain in Penn Yan, trying to mend some of the washed away infrastructure.

FEMA is not finished with totaling the damage, nor has the village itself finished adding the figures, but the initial estimate is nearly three-million dollars, Mackerchar said.

The village does not anticipate any immediate action from the federal government, Mackerchar added.

The mayor also said he's hoping Penn Yan will meet FEMA's threshold for disaster relief funds, but stated that it will be tough to get to the $26 million thershold.


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