Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Just over Charles Williams' fence, a demolition crane sat atop a large pile of debris, the trash left after a collapsing house was torn down.

After seeking help from the city for years, Charles was delighted to get action.

'I was so surprised and shocked Saturday morning when they showed up as early as they did, and started working on this house, and I felt a whole lot of relief,' said Charles.

He had to prop up one section to keep it from falling onto his property.

'This is hurricane season,' he said. 'The first real high, high wind that we get, that whole side is going to come down.'

Once again, I had to spend a lot of time working with the city to get this accomplished. They sent me an email last week saying the city is required to go through a safety process before any demolition, it would be irresponsible and dangerous not to do that.

I pointed out to them, nobody is suggesting not to follow safety rules, but they have emergency demolition procedures that can get it done quickly, and by the way, what about the safety of Mr. Williams?

Well, it all came down Saturday.

'The first thing thought was now I can get in my backyard and work without looking over my back, looking over my shoulder to see if something is going to fall on me,' he smiled.

Now that he doesn't have to worry, he's watching his tomato plants hungrily.

'I think tomato-wise I'm going to have a bountiful year this year.'

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