Flood Resources 2023
The CVCOA office in Barre has returned to normal operations. Our elevator access to our floor remains inopperable. If you have an appointment scheduled at our Barre office and need elavator accessibility, please contact our Helpline at 1-802-477-1364 to make alternative arrangements.
As Vermont communites face the aftermath of catastrophic flooding, CVCOA directs folks to review these vital resources for staying safe and accesing resources during this challenging time:
Vermonters can begin applying for financial help through FEMA for flood recovery. People have 30 days to apply for assistance for housing repair, rental assistance and personal property loss. Residents and business owners can call 1-800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov to start the process. Click here to download the Figuring Out FEMA guide for more information about the process and download this flyer with 4 steps to Start Your Recovery Process.
Concerned about mold from flood waters? Mold experts urge vigilance before and after cleanup. Click here to read about ways to protect yourself.
If you haven't already, please sign up for VT-Alert here: https://vem.vermont.gov/vtalert
Map of road closures*:
*State roads only. Check with your local town for up to date information about local road closures.
Current river levels and forecast:
How to get help:
Dial 211, text your zip code to 211, or visit https://vermont211.org. If you are in an emergency, dial 911.
Contact your local town office about Mutal Aid efforts in your area.
Vermont Flood Guide: Preparation, Response & Recovery from the Preservation Trust of Vermont.
Out of work due to the flooding? Click here for VT Digger's page with more information about diastaster unemployment assistance benefits.
Click here for a list of Common Legal and Benefits Issues After Disaster Flooding from Vermont Legal Aid.
Is your community under a boil-water notice? Find a statewide list here.
Click here for the CDC's Boil Water Advisory guidance or call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Flood safety tips have been translated into 16 languages here.
Emergency Preparedness Kit: https://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness/kit
Information on 3 Squares VT Replacement Benefits:
With the catastrophic flooding occurring/impending across the state, we wanted to be sure folks had information at-the-ready regarding 3SquaresVT Replacement Benefits.
3SVT households that lost food due to a "Household Misfortune"--such as a flood, fire, or power outages of more than 4 hours--may qualify for replacement benefits of the value of lost food. The household must report the loss within ten days of the misfortune.
- The 10-day window to report the loss has been extended through August 9, 2023.
- Verification of loss due to this catastrophic flooding is not needed.
Click here for more information about replacement benefits. Call the Benefits Service Center a 1-800-479-6151 to report your loss, or contact the CVCOA Helpline at -802-477-1364 for information and assistance.
Congregate Meal Schedule at Senior Centers and Meal Sites (lunches):
Northfield Senior Center - Monday through Friday
Waterbury Senior Center - Monday through Friday
South Strafford Meal Site - Wednesday
South Royalton - Tuesday and Thursday
Chelsea Senior Center - Monday and Friday
Mad River Valley Seniors - Tuesday
Meals on Wheels Lamoille County - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Randolph Senior Center - Monday through Thursday
Quinntown Senior Center - Wednesday
Please encourage people to call ahead to their senior center to verify they are serving and so they can prepare enough meals for everyone.
Twin Valley Senior Center, Orange East Senior Center, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, and the Central VT Meals on Wheels in Barre will be returning to congregate meals when they are ready.
10 meal programs have been affected by the flooding but all sites will be resuming home-delivered meals this week. Please contact your local meal program if you have questions about your service or concerns about delivery status in your area.
Ways to Give:
Please exercise patience and caution if volunteering for this effort. Towns and cities have crews working around the clock to respond to the disaster and there are coordinated plans to deploy volunteers effectively, efficiently, and most importantly, safely. Check with your local town offices or mutual aid groups about volunteer opportunities (VT Flooding 2023 Response and Recovery Mutual Aid Facebook Group). Let's be #VermontStrong and stay safe!
Please donate to CVCOA's Nutrition and Wellness Fund or the Care Team Flex Fund to support urgent community needs for older adults. Donate directly to your local senior center/meal site and be on the lookout for volunteer needs for Meals on Wheels delivery drivers.
Watch for needs from community organizations like Capstone Community Action, Good Samaritan Haven, and the many other nonprofits providing direct support locally.
The Vermont Main Street Flood Relief Fund is dedicated to providing direct financial aid to Vermont small businesses for the purpose of rebuilding and recovering from damage and losses suffered due to the recent flooding.
Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation: July 2023 Flood Relief — CVEDC
The United Way's 2023 Flood Disaster and Relief Fund is a quick-response way to offer immediate support, from replacing food and possessions to making repairs and more. Your support will help our neighbors in need.
The Vermont Community Foundation has a VT Flood Response and Recovery Fund to support business and organizations.
Towns in affected areas are all setting up special funds to support local businesses and residents with emergency needs. Please check your local forums and town offices for more information.