The Crystal Lake Apartment buildings evacuated Friday night – the high rise and mid rise – due to safety issues will remain closed through Sunday night as contractors hired by the apartment complex continue to make needed repairs. Fire Inspector Willie Johnson spoke with the contractors Sunday afternoon, and was told the work would not be completed today. Once the contractors have completed their work, Code Enforcement and the Fire Department will conduct their inspections to determine if the buildings are safe to occupy.

Several community groups have come forward to support the displaced residents, and they have been instrumental in helping them pay for hotel rooms. If you would like to make a donation and help pay for rooms or other supplies for these families, please contact Dominique Johnson at 478-227-0796 or Sheknita Davis at 478-254-0060.

Groups that have lent assistance to displaced residents are the Bibb County School District; The Macon Chapter of the Links, Inc.; Macon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America; Macon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Mentors Project of Bibb County; the Salvation Army; and the American Red Cross. Macon-Bibb County departments and offices that have been involved include the Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Agency, Business Development Services (Code Enforcement), Mayor’s Office, Economic & Community Development, and Public Affairs. Mayor Pro Tem Al Tillman and Commissioner Virgil Watkins have been working alongside the community groups to help identify resources and raise funds for hotels.