In June 2016 the Stourbridge Bonded Warehouse was yet again severely affected by flooding due to heavy rain. The River Stour burst its banks, flooding across the cobbled Canal Street and then into the Stourbridge Arm Canal. Not only did this deposit tons of silt onto the street, but also caused considerable structural damage to the adjacent moorings. The Canal itself did not flood, as it is well protected by adequate spill weirs positioned downstream.
A massive clean-up operation took place after the site was hit particularly hard by this latest episode of flash flooding caused by unprecedented and torrential downpours, leaving the aptly named Canal Street under several feet of water after the River Stour actually burst its banks and over-spilled into the nearby stretch of the Stourbridge Town Arm, immersing the basement and offices to some depth with filthy water and physically knocking down brick walls as the flood water cascaded spectacularly into the canal over the towpaths and moorings.
Work to repair the damage caused to the Grade II listed building and the Stourbridge Navigation Trust office was undertaken, just in time for the annual Open Weekend in October, thanks to the sterling efforts of the volunteer workforce and also recognising the good support from professional agencies who needed to be engaged to resolve the residual crisis. We are pleased to report that the facility is now fully functioning and preventative steps are being considered by the Local Authority to avoid any further flooding in the future.