Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
August 21, 2007
Albany -- Albany workers get serious about demolishing dangerous, abandoned buildings. Ninety-two dilapidated houses and buildings are now on a list to be demolished.
Eleven of them have been brought down so far. Dozens others must either be cleaned up or the owners will be hauled into court.
Imagine derelict houses sitting in the middle of your block. That's a reality Angela Young lives with everyday. "I think they need to just tear all of them down," she said.
It's not as easy as knocking down blocks of homes, but the city is getting rid of some, like this abandoned house on South Davis Street.
"We think Albany needs a lot of work and we're working very hard to get us there," said code enforcement Director Mike Tilson.
With no sealed doors and windows, this house, as many like it, has become a haven for criminals. Young wants to see that negative turned into a positive. "I see a lot of abandoned houses and they need to knock all of them down and build something worthwhile," she said. "A youth center, or anything for the kids."
And since no one's around to keep up these abandoned structures, the yards are often overgrown and unsightly. "There was a rumor going around town that we're being taken over by weeds and code enforcement checked it out, and in fact we are," said Tilson.
But that's something city staff is working to get rid of as well. So far this year, 473 weed notices have been sent out and most people are complying and cutting back their yards. "We're working hard for the citizens. We want this place looking good."
For folks who live along this block with Angela, and folks who live on yours.
The city puts liens on the property to pay for the cost of cleanup or demolition.