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The July 2023 flooding devastated numerous communities across Vermont, impacting our workplaces, health and homes. These resources can help you find the support needed for relief and recovery.
Vermont Flood Resources, Assistance & Referrals
Resources for emergency and immediate help, finding shelter, and applying for assistance.
United Way of Vermont 211
Find state and local resources including access to food and housing, apply for FEMA assistance and finding flood-related clean-up services. Connect with Vermont 211 by dialing 211 from anywhere in Vermont, texting your zip code to 898211 (Hours for texting are 8am-10pm) or follow the link below.
Storm-Related Boil Water and Do not Drink List
For an updated list by the VT Agency of Natural Resources, follow this link. What does it mean when your town says to boil your water? Follow this link for a plain language resource by Green Mountain Self Advocates.
VT Professionals of Color Network Flood Resources
Assistance, information and support for Global Majority and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Also includes resources and translated information.
Being Safe & Understanding Clean Up After a Flood
Flooding can expose people to dangerous bacteria and chemicals. Be safe and use protective gear when cleaning up your home or place of work. Follow this link for resources by the Vermont Department of Health, including this resource on how to safely clean your home, and specific water safety suggestions by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, here.
Utility Disconnection Moratorium
On August 17th, the Vermont Public Utility Commission (PUC) established a temporary moratorium on involuntary electric and natural gas utility service disconnections for residential and commercial customers who have suffered flood-related damage or other economic hardship. The order will remain in place until October 7, 2023, and applies to customers of Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) and all Vermont electrical providers. The order does not apply to any locations where gas or electric service must be cut off for safety reasons. Customers that have been affected should contact their utility providers directly.
Manufactured Home (Mobile Home) Flood Response Resources
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) statewide Mobile Home Program offers clear steps for addressing flood damage and dangers of your manufactured home. Follow this link for the flooding response sheet.
FEMA Multi-family Lease & Repair (MLR) program
FEMA’s MLR is a form of temporary housing assistance to repair or make improvements to existing multi-family residential properties and offered as temporary housing to eligible households impacted by the flooding. Interested rental/residential multi-family property owners/managers are encouraged to send information to FEMA by September 12, 2023. For more information and criteria, click here.
Flood Related News
There is lots of information on both the impacts of the flood and resources. For specific information about what is happening in the town you live in, contact your town office or visit their website for the latest notices on clean up, trash pick up, water quality, and building permits and regulations. Vermont Public has series of stories to help Vermonters, including this piece on how to apply for FEMA assistance. Go to www.vermontpublic.org and scroll down to the "Flood Resources" section. Follow VTDigger's full coverage of the July 2023 flood here.