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Hurricane Affects Fayetteville VA Health Care Site
By Steve Wilkins
Thursday, October 13, 2016Fayetteville VA Medical Center officials report significant progress in restoring services at most of its facilities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Some VA facilities were affected by weather conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew, which traversed the area Oct. 8-10. Severe flooding throughout Southeastern North Carolina has devastated communities there, washing out roads, submerging homes and taking lives. Many homes, businesses and services continue to be affected by power outages, floods and fallen trees. VA staff and volunteers are working diligently to quickly bring operations back to normal so that Veterans get the care they need, when they need it.
Fayetteville VAMC officials report that the Goldsboro Community-based Clinic (CBOC) will reopen today and tomorrow, Oct. 13-14. However, the Robeson County CBOC remains closed Oct. 13-14.
According to CBS News, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory said Tuesday that there have already been more than 2,000 water rescues, using 79 boat crews across the central and eastern portions of the state. The majority of the rescues have been in Robeson and Cumberland counties. McCrory declared a state of emergency in 31 of the state’s 100 counties and advised citizens to stay off the roads in those areas.
All outpatient primary care and mental health clinics at the Fayetteville VA Health Care Center are operating on a normal schedule, although all surgeries and procedures scheduled through Oct. 14 remain cancelled. The facility, which relies on municipal water, has implemented alternative water provisions to alleviate conditions caused when the City of Fayetteville water supply became undrinkable Oct. 9. Staff is using mobile tankers, known as Water Buffaloes, to supply dialysis operations as well as bottled water and packaged ice to supplement efforts in the hospital and clinics.
Normal operations have resumed at the Wilmington VA Health Care.
All other Fayetteville VA sites such as the main campus, dialysis center and Hamlet, Jacksonville and Sanford CBOCs are operating on a normal schedule.
Other VA sites affected by the storm, but are now operating under normal conditions, include the Durham VAMC and its subordinate facilities including the Greenville Health Care Center and Hillandale and Raleigh Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
All cancelled appointments at each of the facilities are being rescheduled for the first available opening.
For more information on VA facilities in Southeastern North Carolina, please monitor the Fayetteville VAMC web site at www.fayettevillenc.va.gov for updates. Check for more information on VA activities regarding the storm response at #hurricanematthew.