Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Long Beach wasn't the only area hit hard by super -- sandy the damage searching for New Jersey to New York to Connecticut.
They could the storm claiming lives wiping out homes and ruining countless personal and treasured possessions including family photographs.
But now one group helping some of the victims restore precious and everything and it -- -- joins us to explain.
And Internet it's abacus group is trying to help replace something that you would think would be irreplaceable absolutely.
Each week care -- chairs album restoration efforts sets up a collection point in the tristate area for super storm -- victims to bring their damaged pictures.
One couple scary and out -- Otto rode out the storm in their house in Oceanside New York.
Their basement completely flooded destroying everything.
The moment I went down and I can assure this Kabul -- -- -- this white album.
I just close my eyes and says please don't make it the wedding album.
And it was and I picked it up and I -- and jumped in the water was just gushing out of it is just like it's in my heart sunk.
Get myself to go downstairs to see the damage that was down it was just.
Too much committed to look at I just put make -- and -- -- and he is bringing things up an ongoing police.
Don't bring anything more about I don't want to see it I just want to try to have.
Think about it -- was before.
-- hardly imagine but check this out the fat Vienna's wedding pictures taken 45 years ago.
-- their most prized possessions and with cares help they can now -- and down for generations to come.
We can replace our homes and completes our cars -- clothing her jobs but one of the few things that we cannot replace our these photographs.
-- founder says it off his back to the old saying a picture.
Is worth a thousand sports art here is new I think understanding -- already becoming an international organization it's unbelievable it was -- just in the wake of superstore on -- and has already recruited volunteers from as far away as Israel and the Ukraine.
They're using new technology through move my head and stains and scratches water marks -- really restore these photographs.
Even reconstructing missing parts.
You seal these people's stories in the news and an on line and you know I really -- -- help up and usually you just give money and that's all you can do but here's something that I actually thought like.
My skill -- a lot to help more than.
Just you know the bare minimum.
-- each image takes up to seventeen.
Hours to restore -- it's a painstaking process but they say it's lower that.
-- hopes to salvage thousands of pictures in memory expert that -- victims -- did you get any information -- sense of what's the toughest part of trying to restore -- yet they say the faces are the hardest part because if there's a smudge or watermark is -- something on the background -- can often take a different piece of the back on an overlay on top of that but if it's somebody's eyes -- nose.
What are you gonna do you have to reference other pictures well it's such a great story thank you for bringing that to listen -- care for the work you're doing yet from both.
Filter by section