BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's not easy for some families to see their home bulldozed, but for the Glayre family, it's a relief.
The first home through the Private Property Debris Removal program is now demolished and there's only more to come. (WJHG/WECP)
"This is the light at the end of a very long tunnel for us," said Bay County resident Carol Glayre.
Glayre tells us tearing down the house themselves would have cost around $4,000 to $5,000.
"If it hadn't been for this program and the commission's work on our behalf, we would not be able to have had this taken down," said Glayre.
The Glayre's home is being demolished through the private Private Property Debris Removal Program - paid for by FEMA and managed by Bay County.
"Today is just a start of what's coming and you'll probably see this happening in a more mass force," said Keith Baker, a Bay County commissioner.
While this is the first home that's being demolished through PPDR, Bay County Code Enforcement officials tell us that within the next four to six months, around 300 more will go.
"We won't have just one property being cleaned a day, there will be multiple properties throughout. And these properties are spread from Youngstown all the way to the Beach," said Kathi Ashman, with Bay County Code Enforcement.
All the properties in this program are in unincorporated Bay County.
While tearing down these homes makes the area look better, it also has a deeper meaning.
"To know that we are helping somebody, it's a very different code enforcement," said Ashman.
And for the Glayre's, they no longer have to worry about their property being a liability or complying with code enforcement.
"This is really a godsend to us," said Glayre.
The Glayres now live in a mobile home on their property.
All the debris from these damaged homes will be taken to the landfill at no cost to the property owners.
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