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Salvage Wet Documents, Photos

Mold growth is a major concern when saving flood-damaged items.

“Absorbent materials must be dried within 48 hours, or 72 hours in cooler conditions,” says [insert name and title] of [insert county name].

Here are some ways you may be able to save wet documents and photos:

  • Use a blotting material, such as paper towels, to remove moisture from documents.
  • Air-dry the documents in a cool place with lots of air circulation.
  • Rinse wet photos in clean water if they are dirty and dry them face up in a single layer on a clean surface.
  • If you can’t dry documents and photos within hours, clean off mud or muck, separate photos with wax paper, put them in plastic bags and store them in a frost-free freezer.
  • Avoid drying documents or photos in direct sunlight because this may damage them permanently.

 For more information, visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood or www.extension.org/Floods.

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