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Advice for Saving Flood-Damaged Family Treasures

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Your flood damaged treasures can still be saved!

As the threat of flash flooding persists in Colorado, residents in affected towns and cities are being urged to seek higher ground. When the flooding ends, residents will begin the long journey of recovery. With homes flooded and lives upended, treasured possessions such as family heirlooms, photos, and other keepsakes become more cherished.

Unless they are contaminated by sewage or chemicals, these treasures can be saved. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a coalition of 42 national organizations and federal agencies co-sponsored by FEMA and Heritage Preservation, offers these basic guidelines from professional conservators for individuals who discover their family treasures have been damaged:

Advice for Saving Damaged Family Treasures (PDF)

A free, online video guide demonstrating how to rescue soaked photographs, books, documents, and other valued items is available from Heritage Preservation.

Additional resources for salvaging flood-damaged materials