The future of a folk museum in Tai O is in doubt after Typhoon Hagupit flooded the remote tip of Lantau Island and soaked its scarce collections. Curator Wong Wai-king founded the Tai O Culture Workshop seven years ago to show how people lived a century ago by producing salt and fishing. But yesterday she was left with soaked and ruined treasures. 'There is nothing I can do when nature demonstrates its power,' said Ms Wong, who was concerned about cleanup costs. 'I will possibly have to wind up the museum.' The museum, in a 100-year-old building on Wing On Street, has attracted more than 400,000 tourists since it opened. Its monthly expenses of about HK$5,000 were largely funded through the sales of books and postcards. Ms Wong went to the museum at about 11pm on Tuesday, still believing it would survive the storm, but it flooded just after midnight. The water mark on the walls showed the water had reached waist level. Collections of rattan baskets and copper bowls were a mess. The wooden boards that exhibited the old pictures of the fishing village were soaked and the entire stock of books and postcards was ruined. Ms Wong said the flood was the worst to hit the museum. 'It was three times higher than the one it endured in 2001.' The 50-year-old villager said she had been struggling to secure the funds to run the museum, particularly after Tai O temporarily closed because of landslides brought by a storm in June. 'I established this workshop to promote cultural education. It will be a pity if it cannot serve the visitors from all over the world any more, but I have to consider the economic situation. 'I wish the government would consider establishing a museum to preserve the Tai O fishing culture.' The workshop was the first folk museum in Hong Kong that did not request government funding. It was established in 2001 after receiving a HK$210,000 donation from an international organisation that Ms Wong refused to name.