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Wapsipinicon Water-Powered Mill Restoration - Independence, Iowa

Independence IA Timber Mill Restoration

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area hired TDTW to assess flood-related damage to three Iowa Grist Mills. TDTW subsequently worked closely with the Buchanan County Historical Society, Owner of the Wapsipinicon Mill, and F.E.M.A.. This collaborative effort resulted in the successful granting of both remediation and mitigation funding from F.E.M.A. Over the years, the structural integrity of the meal floor system had been disrupted, allowing original historic timbers to float down the river during each flood of the Wapsipinicon River. TDTW was recently hired to remove all the non-historic fabric, and to re-establish the structural integrity of the original timber floor system. New timbers and flooring will be white oak, which was the original species used in the meal floor due to its rot resistance. The project is expected to be complete in the next couple months.

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