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Between July 10th-11th 2023 Vermont experienced catastrophic flooding after receiving prolonged heavy rainfall of up to 9” over 48 hrs. Damage from the 2023 event rivals the historic destruction of Hurricane Irene in 2011 and is exceeded only by the Great Vermont Flood of 1927, an event predating modern flood controls. We collected oral histories from Vermonters to better understand their lived experience of the flood and its impacts, and identifed common themes related to community and individual resilience.

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Central Vermont Medical Center, Waterbury Family Medicine


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American Studies | Community-Based Research | Community Health | Emergency and Disaster Management | Environmental Policy | Environmental Public Health | Environmental Studies | Human Ecology | Medical Education | Medical Humanities | Oral History | Primary Care | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Health | Public History | Quality Improvement | Rural Sociology | United States History

Community resilience in Vermont after the 2023 flooding event