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Extreme Flooding Drenches U.S. Northeast

Direct Relief is communicating with health providers in the region around needs for medical aid.


Extreme Weather

Bridges and roadways near Killington, Vermont, were seen washed away on July 8, 2023. Over 100 people have been rescued in Vermont after flooding inundated many areas of the state. (Photo by Vermont Governor Phil Scott)

Floodwaters from heavy rains inundated much of the U.S. Northeast this week, with severe impacts in Vermont, as well as New York, New Hampshire, and neighboring states.

More than 100 people have been rescued from floodwaters this week in Vermont, and one person has died due to the flooding in New York. Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, is under a boil water advisory, and air and water rescues continued for residents trapped in their homes.

Flooding and Health

Flooding can create many health concerns, including health conditions that can worsen when people are evacuated from their homes. During mass evacuations, road closures and infrastructure damage, people can be cut off from supplies of medication needed to manage chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Lack of access to these medications can become life-threatening, with people requiring emergency care when medical resources may be strained.

Access to water and power can also be compromised during major storms, and power outages can be particularly dangerous for people dependent on electricity-powered medical devices like ventilators.

In the recovery phase, clean-up can also pose health risks as people re-enter homes and buildings with water damage. Mold can cause respiratory issues, and cleanup activities can expose people to bacterial infections like tetanus.

Direct Relief’s Response

Direct Relief has been communicating with the Primary Care Associations of New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire, as well as FEMA, about potential needs at local health facilities impacted by flooding and will review any requests for assistance.

The organization maintains a stockpile of medications commonly requested after disasters and to support ongoing health services. Direct Relief is ready to respond as needs become known.

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