WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials said department health care facilities in North Carolina escaped relatively unscathed from the damaging winds and rains of Hurricane Florence last weekend, and could be fully reopened in coming days.
But first, the floodwaters have to recede.
“The issue for us right now is all the water flowing around our sites,” said James Laterza, director of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina. “Some of our staff live across rivers that are flooded, some of the roads still aren’t open. We don’t want to do anything that would be unsafe.”
Numerous VA medical sites along the state’s coastline remain closed days after the powerful storm dumped up to 30 inches of rain on some sections of the state.