Vermont Flood: A Statement from VHCB Executive Director Gus Seelig
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Partners,
I hope this message finds you safe and well during these challenging times. As you know, recent catastrophic flooding has devastated many communities in our beloved state of Vermont. The extended period of heavy rainfall, combined with high water tables and overflowing waterways, has resulted in heart breaking damage to so many homes, farms, businesses, landscapes, and roadways across the state. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this crisis, and we thank all of you on the front lines who have responded to this disaster with love and concern helping friends and neighbors on the long road to recovery.
At VHCB, we understand the profound impact that such natural disasters can have on communities and individuals. Over many years, we have been intentional and strategic in our work to mitigate risks and minimize impact from extreme weather events. It is abundantly clear that Vermont must redouble our efforts and take greater strides in this direction moving forward.
This crisis will undoubtedly put significant strain on Vermont's already tight housing market. With homes destroyed and families displaced, the need for safe, affordable housing has become ever more critical. Every Vermonter deserves a secure and affordable place to call home. Those who lost homes were particularly vulnerable during this disaster, and rebuilding must enhance their safety and security. Our farmers who lost their crops and the great food we all need also need our support and assistance in their recovery.
Conservation work plays a vital role in flood resilience by protecting and restoring our natural landscapes, which can serve as buffers against flooding and erosion. VHCB's program areas are actively working to address climate change and its associated challenges. Through our conservation efforts, we strive to safeguard critical ecosystems, wetlands, and floodplains that act as natural defenses against flooding and contribute to the overall resilience of our communities.
VHCB will be working closely with our partners in affordable housing and conservation to address the pressing challenges brought about by climate change. We will continue to support initiatives that enhance flood resilience and environmental sustainability, promote smart growth practices, and ensure that every Vermonter has a safe and affordable place to call home. By collaborating and innovating together, we will continue building a more resilient and inclusive Vermont for future generations.
In these difficult times, it is vital that we come together as a community to support one another. To access help or to offer it, please see the list of resources below. Together, we can overcome these challenges and create a brighter, more sustainable future for Vermont.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment to our shared goals.
Executive Director, VHCB