Dealing with old buildings after flooding

Everyone at the SPAB is extremely sorry to hear about the devastating flooding in Cumbria and we’d like to offer the following to places of worship which have been affected by the flooding; please get in touch with or 07776 197143 if you would like help with:

  • Finding volunteers for working parties to help clear up after flooding – I can circulate a request to all our contacts and volunteers in Cumbria.
  • Undertaking a post-flood building condition check.
  • For the future we can offer training on putting together a disaster plan similar to those which museums and historic houses have.

In the meantime, please find the following links that may be of some help with guidance on how best to deal with the aftermath of flooding re drying out, repairs etc.:

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Guidance – Technical Q&A 31 : Floods and Old Buildings (
For free technical advice and information on every aspect of repairing and caring for old buildings including appropriate materials, contractors & professionals phone 020 74560916 Mon to Fri 9.30 to 12.30

Historic England Guidance – Flooding and Historic Buildings ( – pdf copy attached.

RICS Guidance – A clear, impartial guide to Flooding (


National Flood Forum
– Supporting & Representing Flood Risk Communities
Old Snuff Mill Warehouse, Park Lane, Bewdley DY12 2EL Tel: 01299 403101 Fax: 07734 899708