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Facebook Post Helps Soggy Wedding Album Swept Away in Harvey Floodwaters Find Its Owners

Hurricane Harvey wedding picture, Facebook.

Thanks to a Good Samaritan’s Facebook post, a cherished wedding album that got swept away in the Harvey floodwaters, was returned to its rightful owners over the weekend.

According to the Facebook poster, Lauren Thompson Miller, the album came floating down the Buffalo Bayou last week and into the backyard of her friend, who fished it out of the water.

Miller posted a few of the pictures to Facebook hoping someone would recognize the happy couple in the photos. The pictures also made it onto Twitter.

“It’s obviously water logged and a lot of photos were damaged, but I’m sure that they would want it back!” she wrote.

Via the Houston Chronicle:

Sure enough – 3,213 shares later – the folks featured in the album were recognized by a hawk-eyed Facebook user and its owner, Margaret M. Chong Chenier, was notified.

“Got to love social media,” she posted. Wedding photo is my bro and SIL and others are me and my newborn. Album must have escaped and found its way to you.”
Chenier wrote that she had been drying photos all day, and has lost much. But the album holding these memories will make its way home.

“This world is crazy wonderful,” the appreciative Chenier wrote:

The Cheniers were hit hard by Harvey. On September 1, Margaret wrote on Facebook, “we have lost everything.” She added, “I’m over that now and I need to tell you about my neighbors, friends, family and STRANGERS who have helped rescue my family and others.”

She concluded her post by saying: “We feel helpless, we feel hopeless but we are hopeful. Pray not for me, Chenier’s will be back. Pray for those who are less fortunate and have no where to go.”