News 12 at 6 o'clock / Sunday, Dec. 16, 2013
COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WRDW) -- On Friday we asked Laura Alday where Christmas was going to be this year? "I don't know yet, I don't know I want it to be here but I don't know," says Alday. The family has just a couple of days to make repairs to their mobile home or be forced out. "How can you want to condemn my house? There's houses out there that look worse then mine," says Alday.
The home had more than a dozen code violations inside and outside including sanitation, occupancy and structural issues. All the problems needed to be fixed before Monday morning's inspection. "As soon as the story aired, the biker club High Rollers called in and was willing to help. The phones didn't stop ringing," says Alday.
And lots of folks helped make repairs in an effort to keep the Alday's in their home. "I would say almost 100 people, so yeah come Saturday morning you could not get out of our yard," says Alday.
While we were there Columbia County Code Enforcement showed up for a final inspection. Starting outside, they checked the porch and other areas that needed repair. The overflowing dumpster in the backyard was taken away. Inside, inspectors examined windows, checked plumbing and the ceiling which had been leaking. Inspectors also checked smoke alarms to ensure they were working.
"They're good," says inspector Dana Rhodes. She has recommended the Alday's make some additional minor repairs. So the notices condemning the property were torn down meaning the Alday's can stay in their home and spend Christmas together.
"I thank y'all and I thank them. All the people that helped," says Alday. The family says Trinity Baptist Church out of Martinez also donated supplies and volunteered with repairs. Meanwhile the Aldays say they have a court date in January in response to the previous violations.