Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike has declared a state of emergency for parts of Yates County, especially in the village of Penn Yan and the town of Jerusalem.
Three to 6 inches of rain fell in Penn Yan late Tuesday, causing flash flooding in central Yates County overnight, said Mitch Gild, a hydro-meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Binghamton.
"All of central Yates County is in pretty bad shape," Gild said. Heavy rain and flooding have caused severe damage to roads and buildings in Penn Yan and Branchport.
Creeks and streams were at capacity Wednesday morning and have flooded roads throughout Yates County. Power lines are also down in the area. Flash flooding forced some homes to be evacuated early Wednesday morning. Sinkholes are also developing, according to firefighters in Penn Yan.
Brian Winslow, director of the Yates County Emergency Management Office, said a travel advisory was also issued throughout the county. He reminded motorists not to drive into standing water.http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/05/14/yates-county-storms/9071965/