NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES
Office of Archives and History

STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE
RESTORATION BRANCH
4617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-4617

AS THE FLOODWATERS RECEDE--
A CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO DO

The following checklist will help you respond to flood damage in historic and older buildings. Read the steps through carefully and take time to plan. While it is tempting to wade right in with a shovel and mop, it is very important to develop a plan for cleanup and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, overly zealous cleanup efforts can result in historic materials being carted away, excessively rough cleaning methods, and the unnecessary loss of historic fabric. The best way to prevent additional damage to historic structures and materials during a time of duress is to use caution and plan ahead.

Adapted from: INFORMATION, National Trust for Historic Preservation Booklet No. 82, 1993, Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings, and provided courtesy of the New Bern Historic Preservation Commission.


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