Sinkhole causes homes to collapse in Dunedin, Florida

A Dunedin neighborhood remains on edge after a large sinkhole opened up early Thursday morning.

Portions of two homes continue to collapse into the massive hole near 1112 Robmar Road, just north of downtown Dunedin.  Both homes have been condemned.

According to the latest estimates by experts at the scene, the sinkhole is 70 feet wide by 53 feet deep.

The sinkhole opened up under part of Michael and Janie Dupre's home.

"Over and over again you just keep hearing, ‘boom, boom,'' said Janie.

Early this morning, the Dupre's 13-year-old daughter, Ivy, alerted the family to the sinkhole danger.

"It started getting really loud and I really thought someone was trying to break in," she said.

"I compared it to someone taking a sledge hammer trying to take a huge sledge hammer and knock it against walls.  It's a cracking, banging sound," recalled Michael Dupre.

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Six other homes have been evacuated as a precaution and Duke Energy has shut down power to the area.

From the vantage point of Action Air 1, a neighbor's boat could be seen teetering on the edge of the hole.  It was later pulled to safety.

"I wasn't prepared for this. I probably wasn't prepared for a lot of things, but a sinkhole in the backyard I wasn't," said neighbor Wayne Erby.

Erby's wife woke him up at 6:00 a.m. She too was hearing loud noises behind their home.  They fell back asleep, only to be woken up by a firefighter telling them to pack up and evacuate.

Families living on nearby Mary Jane Lane were also told to get out.

Pat Simon and her husband were allowed back into their home briefly this morning to grab medications, but left everything else behind because of the danger.

"It sucks! What can I say?" said Simon.

No injuries have been reported.

The Red Cross has set up shelters for the displaced families at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Michigan Blvd.
 


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