City of San Diego recovers photo albums washed up in flood

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City of San Diego recovers photo albums washed up in flood


SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Dozens of family photos saved – a remarkable find by San Diego City crews cleaning up after recent flooding.

“We’re really hoping that somebody recognizes this family and can help us reunite them with these photos,” said Ramon Galindo, a public information officer with the City of San Diego.

On Tuesday, as crews were clearing the streets in the Southcrest area, they spotted a few photo albums that washed up with debris and trash along Southcrest Trails Park.

“Some of the debris that was found there had washed down the street miles, so it can be from Southcrest, can be from another neighborhood,” Galindo said.

The albums were set aside, just moments before they likely might’ve been scooped up and dropped in a dumpster.

“This was just kind of one of those rays of sunshine in a muddy pile that, thankfully, they were able to spot it,” Galindo said.

Some photos can not be saved because of mold and mildew, but several others remain in good shape. They go back more than 30 years, showing family gatherings, trips and other special events among loved ones.

The question now is, who do they belong to?

“They can have come from multiple homes and it can have come from a home miles and miles downstream,” Galindo said.

The photos may belong to folks who, like several others, lost so much in the flooding. And getting them back might be a tremendous blessing.

“As city employees, we were touched when we saw this. We got emotional. These are years of memories for these families. They’re going through a lot right now and if we can help them out by returning these to them, that might be awesome,” Galindo said.

The photos are currently stored at the city’s parks and recreation offices at Balboa Park.

Anyone with information about the photos can call the department’s public line at 619-525-8222.


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