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Penn Yan Neighbors Clean up and Restore

PENN YAN, N.Y (WETM-18) -- Following the heavy flooding that occurred in Yates County on Tuesday night, repair and restoration efforts are now in effect.
PENN YANN, N.Y (WETM-18) --   Following the heavy flooding that occurred in Yates County on Tuesday night, repair and restoration efforts are now in effect.

Yesterday, the Salvation Army gave out four hundred meals and eight hundred bottles of water to neighbors in Yates County.

Local Salvation Army workers were back out today, handing out supplies and clean up kits to those impacted by the flash flood.

"We're just out here giving food and water and other things. We have clean up kits for families that have houses in mud and stuff like that and we're just trying to help the people here as much as possible," said Major Craig Haggerty of Elmira’s Salvation Army.

The American Red Cross was also out to help.

In discussing yesterday’s relief efforts, Veronica Brown of the American Red Cross for Western New York and the Finger Lakes region said, “There was food. Wegman's donated food yesterday and we've got a lot of other donations."

Support from the Red Cross remains available. “They can come in here. There is air conditioning. There are showers,” said Brown. 

The damage from the flooding is still everywhere.

For example, the sign outside is now the only way to tell that the Penn Yan CrossFit gym actually was a gym prior to the flood.

Like many other businesses, their basement was completely submerged in water after the flood and is now completely destroyed.

"One of the things I noticed was the water line. It was about 10 feet, so everything I had was just buried under water," said Sean Dallos, Owner of the Penn Yan CrossFit Gym.

But, community support has been the greatest help for the CrossFit Gym in Penn Yan.

One member of the gym volunteered to help there today. She, along with many other volunteers, spent the day digging out mud and trying to recover what is left of gym equipment.

Now, dedicated gym members are rebuilding the gym.

"I used to fit Crossfit in the morning before work, so I'll come by and help as much as I can in the morning before work....We've got to rebuild. Crossfit is nothing but a positive thing and we need it back in the community," said one Penn Yan Crossfit gym member.

Community members fear more rain will cause additional damage.

The Red Cross is looking for donations.

You can find their donation link on our webpage: http://www.redcross.org/ny/penn-yan

Also, you can donate money to help rebuild the Penn Yan CrossFit gym on their fundraising page: http://www.gofundme.com/96f1x4


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