The water was 17 inches deep when the flooding started to subside, and while nothing was soaked, everything was damp, leaving the documents and artifacts susceptible to mold and mildew. The museum's president called the only people she could think of with the resources to save the historic collection: the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.
They wasted no time. The day of the flood, with neighboring buildings still under water, Jason Mancini, a senior researcher for Mashantucket museum, and a crew of about a dozen moved almost all of the ICRC's collection to climate-controlled facilities owned by the Pequots.
"Everything was immediately unpacked and the goal was to expose everything to air to get rid of any residual dampness," said Betsy Peterson, who oversees the Mashantucket museum's library and archives. "We had help from our archeological staff so we had a lot of hands working on this."
You can read more about this success story, and perhaps learn a bit about handling future emergencies, in an article by Matt Collette in theday.com web site at http://www.theday.com/article/20100412/NWS01/304129949/1018