Nonprofit can restore flood-damaged photos

As flood waters recede and clean-up efforts begin, a Denver nonprofit organization wants to educate the public to not throw away photographs, even if they appear ruined.

Wet and dirty photos and videos can often be salvaged, and member companies and organizations of The Memory Preservation Coalition opened Memory Rescue Centers across the Front Range Tuesday to help flood victims – at no cost to them.

The closest location for Colorado Springs flood victims is Memories to Digital, 8481 S. Yosemite in the Home Depot shopping center in Lone Tree. The business phone number is 303-799-1677; It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Flood victims can go to Memories to Digital for information, assistance and resources to rescue their photos, videos, films and other memorabilia from flood damage. The business will have on-site wash-and-dry stations free for use, free take-away 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.

As people begin sifting through their water-logged homes, most will inevitably come across memories – photos, slides, videos and other memorabilia – that have become water-logged, buried in mud or otherwise damaged in the disaster.

The Memory Preservation Coalition, of which Memories to Digital is a member, has other businesses to help people. Other businesses include:

— Memories to Digital, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-554-7100; open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

­— Leave A Legacy, 1827 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, 970-226-0102; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

— Leave A Legacy, 487 S. Broadway, Suite 100, southwest of Sam’s Club, Denver, 303-623-0607; open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.