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Man moves back into home 7 months after Jan. 2 storm

Tolar's home post-repairs (Source: WALB) Tolar's home post-repairs (Source: WALB)
Bryant Tolar, homeowner (Source: WALB) Bryant Tolar, homeowner (Source: WALB)
The back of Tolar's home before repairs (Source: Bryant Tolar) The back of Tolar's home before repairs (Source: Bryant Tolar)
The front of Tolar's home before repairs (Source: WALB) The front of Tolar's home before repairs (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

When the January 2nd storms plowed through the city at the start of the year, a new homeowner was devastated about the destruction. But about 7 months later he and his wife can finally move back in. 

Bryant Tolar is a new homeowner, moving into his home for the second time. 

"We had no idea in the world of what to do," Tolar said. 

In January during the windstorm that blew through Albany, a 32-inch diameter tree fell on his home. 

"You never expect something like that to happen, to you or to your city," 

Tolar bought his home in November and moved in December.

After the couple married in April, he wanted them to live together in Albany. But when they sat down to watch the sugar bowl in the den they started seeing the TV flicker, they lost power and moved to the hallway for safety.

"And it wasn't long after that that the tree fell right above where my wife had been sitting," Tolar said.

Tolar is grateful that he and his now-wife survived, but also thankful for everyone who's supported him.

"But it was really great to see the community come together. And we had a lot of people come by and offer to help," Tolar explained.

The tree stump that was left by the fallen tree was removed by the city shortly after the incident, but one day after he had shown up to his home to notice the stump had been removed. 

"That was something weird to be so excited about, but we were," Tolar said.

Now he's ready for a fresh start.

"We're excited to do a couple updates and move back in," Tolar said.

For now, Tolar and his wife are hoping for no more repairs.

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