State Historic Preservation Office requests information on storm-damaged historic structures

Raleigh – The North Carolina Historic Preservation Office has set up an online form for local governments and citizens to report damage to historic properties from wind and flooding associated with Hurricane Florence.

The office is looking for information about damaged historic structures as well as cemeteries and state highway historical markers. This information will help the office to efficiently offer aid, technical expertise, and consultation with federal and state entities for response and recovery efforts. The new online form allows constituents to report information directly to state historic preservation office staff.

The Historic Preservation Office offers technical advice and consultation for the restoration of damaged historic properties in North Carolina. Technical consultation incurs no cost or obligation. A building does not need to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or have any other special historic designation to be eligible for this service.

The form should be used only to report damage to historic properties (those more than 45 years old) to assist the Historic Preservation Office in organizing response efforts. The form is not for insurance claims or requests for public aid. The form can be found at https://www.ncdcr.gov/about/history/division-historical-resources/state-historic-preservation-office/hurricane-florence.

In addition, the office’s website offers tips for drying out flooded buildings, documenting damage for insurance purposes, and other technical advice for historic buildings. Find the information at http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/disaster.htm.