Meteorologists are calling for heavy rain Thursday afternoon and evening with a possibility of a bit more on Friday. This will follow on the heels of last weekend’s extreme rain event that our town engineer says measured 3.75 inches in the town hall rain gauge in six hours—making it a rare 75-100 year storm event.
That downpour fell on parched ground that could not absorb the water, leaving it to run off directly into storm sewers. Some of that water ponded and created flooding where it could not reach drainage systems. Please help to keep the rainwater flowing where it needs to go by keeping drains, swales, and ditches free of debris. Also, check gutters and downspouts to be sure water is directed away from house foundations. Let’s keep the water flowing to avoid flooding in our neighborhoods.
Last night was our first event of the Penfield Amphitheater Summer Music Series. The performance of Five Second Rule went well, and I want to thank all who attended for contributing to the success by practicing masking, physical distancing, and using hand sanitizer. Because of last night’s success we will move forward with Paulsen & Baker on July 21 with the same expectations for safe, responsible behavior. We will evaluate the Summer Music Series week-to-week; if all goes well performances will continue. If not, we will sadly be forced to cancel future events. However, I do have faith that Penfield residents who wish to enjoy a summer night of music at the amphitheater will continue to make the safety of their families and neighbors a priority.
Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain