History of Staunton’s Floods and Disaster Relief Resources

Lewis Street Homes - 2020 Flooding

On August 8, 2020, our city experienced heavy flooding causing damage to many businesses and residences. Historic Staunton Foundation is fine, but many of our neighbors are working hard to clean and mitigate damage. please contact the Staunton Downtown Development Association and the City of Staunton for recovery needs and additional support information. SDDA is also helping with volunteer coordination – there is much to accomplish.

HSF’s 2019 Brown Bag Series focused on water and flood mitigation in Staunton. We are reposting the information as a resource

History of Staunton Flooding and Flood Mitigation

June 1, 2019, HSF’s Brown Bag focused on The Wharf which has experienced many floods with one of the most destructive occurring in 1896. Rebecca Joyce, program manager for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, joined HSF board member Sharon Angle to share their experience in flood mitigation and urban planning. Please click here for a PDF brochure on the history of flooding in Staunton.

Here are other resource for building and store owners from the National Trust for Historic Preservation: 

Disaster Relief: This site provides links to resources to aid in clean up after large flooding events.

This link leads to the informative NTHP article “Treatment of Flood-Damage Older and Historic Buildings.”

“Building owners face a distinct set of challenges in responding to natural disasters. While they can rely to a certain extent on local, city, and state agencies to provide post-disaster services, they are ultimately responsible for caring for their own properties. These resources can help building owners respond quickly and effectively in order to minimize property damage and ensure a safe return home.” – NTHP

 

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