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Have your mudflow-damaged items assessed by professional at Montecito Library

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara Public Library and UCSB Library will be welcoming people whose personal items were damaged by the January 9 debris flow.

Professional conservator Christina Romanowski Bean will review family photos, documents, or books damaged by water or mud and recommend resources for preserving the family memories.

Bean will also help stabilize items, recommend treatment plans and refer individuals to additional resources and specialists to those that stop by.

Anyone looking to have their items assessed should bring paper documents, books, and photographs only. Personal objects will not be evaluated. If an item is still wet, place it into 2 plastic bags and freeze it immediately to prevent mold. Remove items from the freezer (but keep them in their bags) to defrost the night before the assessment. Bring them with you in a Tupperware or waterproof carrier bag.

Appointments can be scheduled by email. Interested people can also drop by to pick up information about conservation and listings of private conservators in California.

You can bring your items to the Montecito Library at 1469 East Valley road on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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