Here in the Chicago, Illinois area, thousands of households have been recovering from all kinds of flooding due to heavy rainfall. Some of them have large collections of family photos and documents which were damaged.
Once your photos are dried and sorted, we implore you to scan and archive all of them. Photo Grafix offers such a service called the Family Album Digitizing Service. This is an excellent way to preserve your originals in an easy to store and distribute manner.
This article from About.com provides some excellent advice for handling flood-damaged photos:
Tips for Salvaging Flood & Water Damaged Photos
By Albrecht Powell, About.com When disasters hit, most people don't mourn the refrigerator or the couch. Instead, the loss of precious family photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia is what brings them to tears. While it may seem unlikely when facing piles of soggy, mud-spattered photos, papers and other valuables, saving them may be possible by following a few simple steps.
Saving Water-Damaged Photos Most photos, negatives and color slides can be cleaned and air-dried using the following steps:
Carefully lift the photos from the mud and dirty water. Remove photos from water-logged albums and separate any that are stacked together, being careful not to rub or touch the wet emulsion of the photo surface.
Gently rinse both sides of the photo in a bucket or sink of clear, cold water. Don't rub the photos and be sure to change the water frequently.
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