It seems like the first thing people ask about going through a terrible flood is, "Did you lose any old photographs?" A program called Operation Photo Rescue visited nearby Baton Rouge April 21 and 22, and reportedly helped flood victims in the region restore hundreds of photos.
In fact, by 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, reportedly some 750 photos damaged by the Great Flood of 2016 in August and other damaged photographs had been scanned into a program, touched up and saved in almost perfect condition during Operation Photo Rescue. And more were coming every minute.
The program was hosted by the Baton Rouge Main Library at Goodwood. It began again on Saturday, April 22. The service went from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was a first-come, first-served basis, so patrons were encouraged to come early. Each person was allowed to bring up to 20 flood-damaged photos for scanning and to be digitally restored at no charge. Reservations were not required.
Experienced volunteers from Operation Photo Rescue were available to help patrons recapture memories and answer any questions about recovering damaged images. Those participating took home the originals, and the restored prints are said to be sent to the owner's address within 6 to 12 months.
Operation Photo Rescue has helped the region before, after Hurricane Katrina and more recently after horrific storms and floods in West Virginia.
For more information about Operation Photo Rescue, visit http://www.operationphotorescue.org/.