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University of Iowa News Release

May 26, 2004

Booklet Provides Information To Help Fix Flood Damaged Artifacts

Recent floods have wreaked havoc on many Iowan's personal possessions, but preservationists point out that many of those items can be reclaimed and don't need to be thrown away.

An online guide published by the Iowa Preservation and Conservation Consortium shows homeowners how they can save items that are waterlogged, mud-caked or otherwise damaged from floodwaters.

"Our most important message is, don't lose hope. Much can be done to stabilize and even restore your unique family items," said Nancy E. Kraft, head of the University of Iowa Library's preservation department and a member of the consortium. "The booklet contains information and helpful tips on safety, cleaning your home, cleaning and stabilizing important family documents and memorabilia, and where and how to find additional assistance."

The free booklet can be found online at http://www.neirls.org/flood_recovery/contents.html. For more information about reclaiming damaged property, contact Kraft 319-335-5286 or Gary Frost at 319-335-5908.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.