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STORM AFTERMATH: Branchport neighbors helping neighbors
Branchport, N.Y. - "Normally this would be all sub pumps," said Bill Pinckney as he pointed to a nearly empty top shelf in Branchport Hardware. "All my square point shovels that are good for mud are gone."
Pinckney has owned Branchport Hardware for decades and lives a few houses down the street, so when the stormed rolled in on Tuesday night, he didn't hesitate to leave the doors open for customers as he ran back and forth between his home and the store.
"They're all good folks, I know they'll come back, if they don't I know where they live," he said.
Pinckney also helped neighbors in other ways.
"My neighbor Molly came over and asked if I knew of anyone she could hire," he said.
Pinckney explained Molly's yard was a mess and basement was flooded. Pinckney told her to contact Keuka College.
"Keuka College just saved my life," said Molly Pearse, "they picked up my yard and they cleaned out my basement."
Across the street, Greg Miller was out on his backhoe helping a neighbor clear debris from their yard.
"We all help and pitch in, that's the best part of living in a small community," said Miller.
They are all living proof that the residents of Branchport have not forgotten the golden rule.