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Keuka College volunteers turn out in Penn Yan

Penn Yan, N.Y. Dozens of volunteers from Keuka College have turned out to lend a helping hand to those trying to recover from severe flooding.

Students and staff members from the college loaded up on buses Wednesday and Thursday to help clear out debris. The shuttles that carried the volunteers ran every two hours from campus to different places in Penn Yan.

I bet weve had between 75-100 volunteers help out, Rev. Eric Detar, Keuka College chaplain said in a statement. Theres 10 students walking by me right now, covered in mud.

The students and staff focused most of their efforts on businesses in Penn Yan, cleaning out basements and other flooded storage areas, including the Penn Yan Diner, which is operated by a Keuka College alum, Carr Ahearn.

Right now, theyve got an assembly line sending stuff up its mud and trash from the basement to the dumpster, Detar said. Weve been working with Longs bookstore, too, and theres tons of stuff that needs to be thrown out. Plus, weve had students walk through the streets with grocery carts, distributing water and snacks. Theyve talked to some families and helped them a bit.

The volunteers from Keuka will continue to work Thursday, with shuttles running every half hour to bus volunteers back and forth from campus.

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Washington Times