WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Over the weekend, CVS Pharmacy deployed a mobile pharmacy to serve customers of store damaged by the historic rainfall and flooding in greater Baton Rouge, La.
CVS said it opened the mobile pharmacy on Saturday in the parking lot of its Denham Springs, La., store, which sustained water damage. The facility enabled customers to pick up their prescriptions and buy a selection of over-the-counter medications.
Nearby CVS Pharmacy stores at 29881 Walker Road South in Walker and at 15255 George O’Neal Road and 11430 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge have remained open to serve patients whose pharmacies were impacted by the storms.
CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have announced a $100,000 donation in cash and in-kind support to organizations providing relief to central Louisiana residents and communities affected by the flood, including to the Salvation Army USA Southern Territory and the American Red Cross.
The CVS Health Foundation made a $50,000 to the Salvation Army USA Southern Territory, which reported that over 11,000 people remained in shelters after flooding forced rescues and evacuations in southern Louisiana, CVS said. The organization is providing meals, water, hygiene kits, clean-up kits and other items to help people impacted by the flooding.
“We are deeply saddened by the devastating floods in Louisiana and the catastrophic effect it’s having on our customers and colleagues in the community,” Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy at CVS Health CVS Health Foundation president, said in a statement. “We’re committed to ensuring that residents hit hard by the historic flooding have continued access to critical pharmacy care services and the support they need to recover and rebuild.”
CVS Health is donating $50,000 of products — including infant care, personal hygiene and over-the-counter items — to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief and the Office of Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. The goods are being distributed to Baton Rouge locations supporting displaced residents and first responders and their families. The CVS Health Employee Relief Fund is also providing support to colleagues affected by the disaster.
The deluge began around Aug. 11, as a slow-moving, low-pressure storm system dumped torrential and prolonged rainfall across southern Louisiana. Accumulations surged over 20 inches in some areas and raised several rivers to record flood levels. Published reports said that more than 20,000 people had to be rescued as thousands of buildings and cars flooded, leaving many homeless and driving many people to shelters. More than a dozen people were killed in storm-related incidents, according to reports. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated 20 Louisiana parishes as federal disaster areas following the floods.