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Dale Davis' living room, Lakeview, New Orleans
From 10 to 24 February 2006 a group of volunteers from our church spent time in Covington, LA working for Habitat for Humanity building new homes. On 20 February Andrew and I went in with a group from Virginia to gut one of the many homes in East New Orleans. What got us thinking about helping to gut one of the homes was taking a tour of the devastated area with the pastor from one of the churches in East New Orleans that had already been gutted. She told us most of her congregation had still not come back 6 months after Katrina hit. One of her members, Dale Davis, was kind enough to take us over to her place to see the wreckage. The first thing we were told was that if we were going to help gut a home we needed to wear a good mask because the mold was a serious health hazard. The next thing they told us was that when we arrived at the home we were going to help gut we were to secure the refrigerator. Whatever was in there had been in there for six month and under no circumstances were we to open it.
You can see the high water mark on Daleâ€™s wall. Everything in the house had to be removed and then the walls had to be gutted down to the studs.
20 February 2006
In the Have Camera Will Travel photo essay.
Also by John Linton
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