Debris from a Gutted House
Photo: Allison Amend
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Debris from a Gutted House

Gutters are organized into teams. When each bus arrives at a home, the team captain (a trained AmeriCorps volunteer) surveys the structure to make sure it's sound. Then he/she enters in full haz-mat gear to ascertain that the gas is turned off and to pull the thermometer from the thermostat. The gutters follow, first removing destroyed furniture and belongings and stripping the walls of drywall, the floors of carpet and the house of doors. By then end of a day, we accumulate a pile of debris approximately 8 feet high, 6 feet wide and 20 feet long. A makeshift ramp of ruined interior doors helped us reach the top of the heap.
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