house marked by post-Katrina search crews
Photo: Jamison Collier
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X Marks the Spot

On every front door a large X is spray-painted. The top area displays the date the house was searched post-storm. The left section bears the name of the group that marked the house: National Guard, private crews, foreign teams. The bottom holds the most grisly statistic: the number of dead found in the house. The right is a space for comments–most often, the number of dead pets or pet sightings, where the pets were removed and whether or not food or water had been left for them.
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