Penn Yan, N.Y. - A state of emergency has been declared in a county in the Finger Lakes region after flash flooding caused by heavy rains forced evacuations and closed roads.
Local media report that Yates County officials declared the emergency after severe thunderstorms dumped about five inches of rain late Tuesday and early Wednesday. One of the hardest hit areas is the village of Penn Yan, on the northern end of Keuka Lake 45 miles southeast of Rochester.
Officials say several roads in Penn Yan, Milo and Benton are closed because of flooding. Buildings were damaged in Penn Yan and Branchport.
Heavy rains Tuesday caused flooding in parts of western New York south of Buffalo. Officials say areas in Gowanda, Silver Creek and North Collins in southern Erie County were hit by the flooding.