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Businesses reopening in Penn Yan

by Kelsie Smith

Penn Yan, N.Y. - It's been just over a week since the first round of rain moved through Yates County and businesses in the village of Penn Yan starting to reopen their doors. Something they're able to do because of the hundreds of helping hands who came into volunteer.

"We have people who are perfect strangers coming in saying I need something to do where can I go, we have neighbors helping neighbors," said Kris Pearson, who works at the Arts Center of Yates County in downtown Penn Yan.

Jim Long owner of Longs' Cards & Books lost his entire inventory and had structural damage in his store's basement from the flood. But Long said he was able to reopen the store the next day because of all the volunteers.

"The cleaning out phase the employees manned the store and we just had so many volunteers it was fantastic," said Long.

Down the street at Lloyd's Limited Pub, owner Bob Champlin reopened yesterday thanks to all the help he received from others.

"[We] had a lot of good volunteers who would stop by as ask if we needed help so there were always 15-20 people working every day," said Champlin.

Business owners tell 13WHAM News they are now waiting to hear if they'll get help from the state because they do not have flood insurance.

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