Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance and National Trust for Historic Preservation make tip sheet available to Iowans affected by flooding

For immediate release June 17, 2008

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) –The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance, in coordination with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is distributing free copies of a one-page tip sheet for owners of older and historic buildings impacted by flooding.  The tip sheet is a summary of a free publication “Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings” available from National Trust Preservation Books online at www.preservationnation.org.  Free hard copies of the tip sheet and the publication are also available by calling the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at 312-939-5547. 

The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance, along with partners the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, and the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, want to share the tip-sheet, which contains lessons learned following the Gulf Coast flooding of 2005.  Many historic building materials can be needlessly lost in the haste to clean up a flood-damaged property. Some of these elements—like elaborate wood trim—are costly to duplicate, and in many cases can be slowly dried out, refinished and reinstalled into the rehabilitated structure.

The flooding tip sheet is being made available to anyone who wants it, including property owners, news media across the state, government officials, and emergency management officials. Information about flood recovery can be found at www.iowapreservation.org, www.iowahistory.org, and www.preservationnation.org.  

The mission of the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance is to build partnerships that enhance our economic and cultural future through the preservation of Iowa’s historic resources.  For more information, visit www.iowapreservation.org.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history - and the important moments of everyday life - took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, 9 regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America's stories. For more information, visit www.PreservationNation.org.

 

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