Evacuated homeowners have returned to their homes after a massive sinkhole on Robmar Road in Dunedin, Florida. In the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 14th, the sinkhole opened up under two homes. The sinkhole was described as being 90 feet wide and 65 feet deep. Michael and Jannie Dupre and their daughter, Ivy, 13. watched their home, 14-foot boat, swimming pool swallowed up by the sinkhole in their backyard last Thursday. Their daughter alerted her parents after hearing what she thought was an intruder. Approximately 600 truckloads of dirt were needed to fill the hole.
The Dupres filed a claim with state-funded Citizens Insurance Corporation. Citizen’s engineers concluded sinkhole activity after they saw cracks on several walls and damaged drywall. The Dupres and Citizens Insurance disagreed over what was needed and the repair costs. Dupre’s attorneys also sued the insurance company. After the Seffner sinkhole killed Jeffrey Bush in February, Dupre finally agreed to Citizen’s repairs. Two days before the sinkhole was discovered, Champion Foundation Repair began pumping grout, but it was too late to save the Dupres’ home.
Last Friday, evacuated and worried homeowner Matthew Tegerdine watched the demolition at a home next to his. The Tegerdine home is the white house with red shutters, on the edge of the sinkhole. See Tegerdine’s interview above and a video report at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1061504.