Dunedin sinkhole neighbors fear for their homes

7:38 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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Photo Gallery: Sinkhole opens up near Dunedin home


Dunedin, Florida -- A number of residents living near the sinkhole at 1112 Robmar Road fear their home could be next.

"I hope it doesn't come over in my yard, suck my pool up, start easing closer and closer to my house," said Wayne Erby who was evacuated from his home Thursday morning because of the sinkhole.

By late Thursday officials said the sinkhole had grown to 90-feet wide and was 56-feet deep. Dunedin Fire Chief Jeff Parks says 7 homes have been evacuated as a precaution, two of which have already been condemned.

Down the street from the sinkhole Kyle Latsha's insurance company sent someone over to conduct tests to make sure his home was safe.

"Just checking the foundation and the inside and the outside, I don't know what they're going to find," said Latsha who bought his home 3-and-a-half years ago.

Latsha also said he was glad he already had sinkhole coverage.

A check of real estate records shows 34 houses are currently for sale within a 1 mile radius of the sinkhole. Another 35 are under contract to be sold, including one home located across the street from where the sinkhole formed.

"There's been several sinkholes around here," Brett Robinson, who lives in the area told reporters.

Thursdays was just the latest.

"Yeah, I'm just glad I don't live here anymore," said Susan Smith who moved out of the neighborhood several years ago with her husband but returned Thursday to see the damage.


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