Letter: Recovering From Last Week’s Storms

To the Editor:

As the Valley News has reported, Twin Pines Housing Trust’s new Rivermere Housing Complex suffered severe flooding last week, as did many of the neighboring homes along Slayton Hill Road. All of the Rivermere tenants were evacuated from the building. Eight units were damaged, with nearly three feet of mud flowing through the hardest hit apartments. The good news is that 10 tenants have already been able to return to the units that were not damaged, and the remaining tenants will be back as soon as possible. Some will move into different units, as at least two units will be uninhabitable for a month or more.

The Upper Valley community has provided an amazing response to last week’s storm damage. We already have many people and organizations to thank. The Lebanon police and fire departments evacuated our tenants in a safe and organized manner. The Baymont Inn, Days Inn, Super 8 Motel, and Fireside Inn provided temporary housing and facilities to coordinate disaster relief. Public works crews from around the Upper Valley restored road access quickly.

Many businesses, nonprofits and individual volunteers have contributed labor, materials and equipment to remove mud, water, rock, sediment and debris from both inside and outside of the apartments and have cheerfully done so in 90 degree heat. Too many businesses and people have stepped forward for us to thank them each by name in this letter, but when the dust settles, literally and figuratively, we will provide appropriate acknowledgements.

Looking ahead, volunteers are still needed, both for Rivermere and for our neighbors who were similarly affected by the flooding. Please register through Upper Valley Strong online at www.uvstrong.org if you can help, or if you need help. In addition, a public assistance service center will take place today from noon to 8 at Lebanon High School where organizations such as Upper Valley Strong, Lebanon Senior Center and Listen will be on hand to offer assistance or provide direction to anyone affected by last week’s storms.

Andrew B. Winter

Executive Director, Twin Pines Housing Trust

White River Junction