Disaster recovery

3 November 2015

On 20 October a truck carrying a large excavator smashed into the Parkes Way tunnel which runs underneath our Acton Underhill repository. It collided with the roof of the tunnel and while causing significant traffic delays, there was no damage to the repository itself or the records housed above the tunnel. Just two weeks later, a heavy downpour overnight caused a drain at the entrance to the repository to overflow and flood the office area and some of the repository. Senior Archivist Sarah Lethbridge mobilised extra resources to help mop up. Our policy of 'never ever' storing boxes of records on the floor meant that no records were affected.