gutting a Katrina-damaged house in New Orleans
Photo & Text: Allison Amend

Gut-Wrenching House Gutting

It's approximately 110 degrees in the sun, and inside my respirator it must be twice that. My eyes sting behind their protective goggles: from fiberglass remnants? Dust? Mold? Sunscreen? And I am engaged in a mortal battle with a doorframe, which despite remaining under water for almost two months will not relinquish its grip on the stud it clings to. This is New Orleans, August 2006.

by Allison Amend

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