Hurricane Irene Update

SVHC Continues with Water Conservation Measures



Water Update:

Water conservation measures remain in effect at SVHC. The town has repaired the damage to the water main done by Hurricane Irene. However, last night, thunderstorms and heavy rain disrupted the intake to the water filtration plant. In addition, the town reported another water main break. The town has asked that all residents continue to conserve water until further notice. Efforts to conserve water have enabled the town to supply its water needs from Morgan spring. Please continue to conserve water to help ensure a stable water supply and avoid a boil-water alert. SVMC will continue its normal functions, including elective surgeries, endoscopies, and renal dialysis. However, employees must continue to conserve water to help ensure a stable water supply in     Bennington    .  See previous Red Alert e-mails for more  info rmation on water conservation measures on the SVHC Campus. 



Quarterly Medical Staff:

Quarterly Medical Staff meeting has been moved to the SVMC Employee Cafeteria.


Deerfield Valley Update:

  • Sewer and water service has returned to the town of Wilmington. However, the town remains under a boil water advisory until further notice.
  • Residents of the Deerfield Valley should avoid contact with flood waters. There are anecdotal reports of chemical burns after contact with floodwaters. Immediately wash any skin that has contacted flood water.
  • The Deerfield Valley Health Center will be open extended hours. SVHC is continuing to look for additional help to provide relief for SVHC staff at the center. If you would like to help at the center call the following people: nurses call Sue Robbins extension 5110; physicians should call Rachel Trimble at extension 5006.


Mold Warnings

Buildings and Homes that have wet building materials may have dangerous mold growing in them. Mold may appear as discoloration on walls or ceilings and smells like a bad odor such as a foul, musty, earthy smell. Mold exposure can be very dangerous, even deadly. You MUST take precautions when entering a building that has experienced flooding or water damage to avoid irritation or infection from mold exposure. Wear an N-95 mask and gloves as well as long pants and long sleeves when working in an area that has been flooded.


Some of the short-term symptoms of mold exposure include stuffy nose, irritated eyes or skin, headache, and wheezing. More advanced, long-term symptoms of mold exposure include nose bleeds, constant fatigue or headaches, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood or black debris, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting, skin rashes or sores, joint or muscle pain, and neurological and nervous disorders.



Water repairs: Manchester

Two water main breaks in Manchester have led to a boil-water advisory in the town. Staff at the Northshire Medical Center should continue to use bottled water until Sept. 7. Contractors will arrive on Sept. 7 to flush and sanitize the water system at the Northshire Campus after which the water should be safe to drink.



Information about assistance for flood victims

  • If you need clean water or have a need for housing, food, or other supplies, call 211.
  • The Red Cross booklet, “Repairing Your Flooded Home” offers more detailed information on what to do when recovering after a flood. It is available at