Hyde Park residents are finally moving out

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News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Hyde Park activist

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- After years of complaints about contamination and flooding, the city has finally started moving people out of Hyde Park. So far, two families have moved out and more checks from the city are expected to go out next month.

It's taken the city of Augusta years to get to this point.

Carrie Williams has lived in Hyde Park for years, and it's a place she's called home.

"I haven't been living in the same house. Our other hone caught fire. My mom and cousins rebuilt it and we moved back in," Williams said.

Her family is moving out and looking for a new place. Williams lives on Golden Rod Street and is one of 48 families in the first phase being relocated by the city.

"It's going to be a big change. I'm going to miss the park because this is all I know. It's a change, and hopefully, we'll be happy where we go," Williams said.

"It's good to know that everything is falling in place," said Hyde Park resident Joeanne Jones.

It's taken a long time for city leaders to get to this point. They went back and forth on moving families out of Hyde Park to build a retention pond. It's been years in the making.

"We have taken a start in moving the tenants out," said Housing and Community Director Chester Wheeler.

He says the Kimbles got a little over $16,000 to move from Willow Street. The Beards got more than $12,000 to relocate from their home on Golden Rod Street. Belinda Winfrey just received over $24,000 to move from Walnut Street.

"You can't assume that just because one family has ended up with $20,000. It doesn't work that way. It never works out as a consistent number across the board," Wheeler said.

The people who are renting are easier to move because they don't have to go through all the red tape.

All that aside, people like Williams are just excited to find a home where it doesn't flood every time it rains.

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