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How to Rescue Water Logged or Muddy Photos or Video, Lesson From the Colorado Floods

Posted Sep 19 2013 8:00am

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The Colorado epic flood of September 2013 has taken away homes, roads, bridges, lives and memories. But, day by day new rescue efforts show up to help people save what they can.

As people begin sifting through their flooded homes, most will inevitably come across precious memories—photos, slides, videos and other memorabilia—that are waterlogged, buried in mud or have otherwise been damaged in the disaster.

“The most important thing right now is to get the word out that wet or muddy memories are not necessarily lost and that people should not throw them away,” said Gwen Scherer, owner of the Boulder County company, Memories to Digital, and co-founder of The Memory Preservation Coalition. “Many of these priceless items can be saved, and we’re here to help.”

Don’t throw away priceless memories, even if they appear ruined. Wet and dirty photos and videos can often be salvaged, and the recently opened Memory Rescue Centers across the greater Denver area and in Fort Collins will do just that—at no cost to flood victims from Colorado Springs to the Wyoming border.

The centers will have free on-site wash-and-dry stations, free information on how to salvage photos and home movies, Flip-Pal mobile scanners free for use, as well as extensive services to digitize photos, slides, videos, film and other memorabilia at a discount.





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