FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas VA’s clinic in Fort Worth, which cares for about 50,000 veterans, will now be closed through the end of March due to winter storm damage.
Water lines that burst due to the severe winter weather in mid-February left the entire first floor and some of the second floor uninhabitable, according to North Texas VA system director Dr. Stephen Holt. The clinic also dealt with power outages.READ MORE: North Texas Seeing Plenty Of COVID-19 Vaccine Supply With No Wait Lists
“It’s a huge hit,” Holt said. “With about 50,000 of our veterans served in that Fort Worth area.” Water flooded areas housing critical equipment like radiology, and some of the sterile areas in the building.READ MORE: 'Nobody Should Get Away With Murder': Family Continues Search For Answers After Father Killed In Suspected Road Rage Shooting In Dallas
The clinic was originally supposed to reopen during the second week of March, but now that has been pushed back to at least March 31.
Veterans use the clinics not only for primary and dental care, but for specialty services including cardiology, physical therapy, imaging and social work. The building off of south Loop 820 is the largest leased space the VA has, according to the department’s website. It serves veterans in 16 western counties, including Parker, Johnson and Hood.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
The VA system said it will continue to contact patients to reschedule any appointments. Those with immediate needs though may need to travel to the main hospital campus in Dallas.