Where were you in June of 1972?
If you were in the village of Penn Yan, and specifically in the neighborhood around Keuka Street between Court and Elm Streets, and happened to take any photographs of the flooding that occurred there during Hurricane Agnes, Penn Yan Mayor Robert Church would like to talk to you.
Church says he and others in village government are trying to help homeowners in the neighborhood find a way to revise the flood maps so they can lower their flood insurance premiums.
He says some property owners are paying between $1200 and $1300 annually for the federal flood insurance.
Church said he will be contacting Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office to see if there is any help available in working with FEMA to revise maps of the flood plain.
Brent Bodine, assistant director of public works says he has gotten a number of documents from the Penn Yan School District for the recently completed capital project.
Some who recall the 1972 damage to the area say the flooding was related to debris blocking a culvert that ran past the tennis courts on the Penn Yan School property. That culvert, which also ran under the parking lot east of the academy, was replaced during the school district’s recent capital project.
Trustee Willie Allison says a similar situation exists in a Lake Street neighborhood, and property owners there would be interested in similar information. If you have photos from the flood of June 1972 in Penn Yan, contact Bodine at 315-536-3015.