Vermont 2023 Flood

Disaster Relief

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The severe weather event occurring from July 9 to 11, 2023, has brought rain, floods, and widespread damage to Vermont and has been labeled as "devastating" and "exceeding the severity of Hurricane Irene." The rivers are raging with unprecedented speed and volume. Small-town infrastructure has been severely damaged, with bridges and roads completely destroyed, and many businesses fully submerged. Vermonters have been evacuated from their homes, facing significant losses.

And yet, Vermonters remain Strong and Resilient.

An enormous amount of gratitude is directed towards the dedicated road crews and emergency workers, tirelessly operating around the clock to safeguard both lives and properties - exhibiting outstanding determination under the extremely challenging circumstances presented.

In regards to road safety, it is imperative to remember that flash floods present an extreme risk and could potentially lead to fatalities. If it is essential to travel through flood-affected areas, extreme caution is required. Vermonters and visitors are encouraged to stay updated with media announcements and directives from Vermont Emergency Management.

Stay safe and stay Vermont Strong, together.
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It is imperative that Vermonters stay safe as the flash flood risk continues through today and as long as a flood watch remains in effect. Vermonters should monitor media reports, follow instructions from Vermont Emergency Management, never attempt to walk or drive through flood waters, and familiarize yourself with your best flood evacuation routes. See below for some key resources.

2-1-1: For help getting connected to resources and services such as shelter, disaster response, and more, call 2-1-1.
9-1-1: For emergency situations, always call 9-1-1.

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Vermont Emergency Management:

VT-Alert: VT-ALERT is used by the state and local responders to notify the public of emergency situations. Those include, but are not limited to, evacuation information, chemical spills, shelter-in-place alerts, severe weather advisories, boil water advisories, and roadway interruptions. NOTE: Residents can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts, and on which devices they will be notified.

Sign up to receive VT-Alerts here.

Follow VT-Alert on social media for quick updates:

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Flood Relief Information

We strive to gather and organize flood relief information for the utmost use. Our updated community and business resources are continually aimed to provide assistance. To better understand your needs and effectively allocate suitable resources, we've launched a Community Flood Assessment Survey. We encourage those who haven't had the chance to participate to complete it. If you're interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

The Okemo Valley Chamber, with the Ludlow Rotary Club as its fiscal agent, has established the Okemo Valley Disaster Relief Fund for tax-deductible donations. Contributions can be assigned to specific towns or projects.

Okemo Valley Business Recovery Center

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened the Okemo Valley Business Recovery Center (BRC02) in the Town of Ludlow for the Okemo Valley Region, including Windsor County & contiguous counties based businesses, homeowners, renters & private non-profits. The center is located at: 126 Main Street, Engel & Völkers Okemo Building, Ludlow, VT 05149 and is open Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.

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Flood Safety Best Practices

Never drive or walk through floodwaters. Strong currents or unseen washouts can sweep you and your car away.

Turn off the circuit breaker in your home before you evacuate – if you can do so safely.

If rising water is approaching, leave.

If you need to evacuate, do so over high ground. Plan that route as soon as possible.

If your home floods, have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical system before you once again occupy your home.

If you are in a flood-prone area, or if you believe your home will be flooded, it is advisable to move valuables from your basement in case water enters your home.

Check your insurance coverage now, and then contact your insurance company if you have damage.

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