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Sinkhole drives woman out of Lake Mary home

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Debbie Coffman knew something was wrong with her Lake Mary house for a while.

"The house cracks everyday.  There's new cracks everywhere.," she told us.

You can see cracks up and down the side wall, and when she came out the garage door on Sunday to find a large hole, she was shocked.

"It's a big hole!" she said. 

It's about 7 feet wide and 4 feet deep, and it runs under the house.  After she discovered it, she notified city inspectors who told her she had to go.

"They said, 'You need to move out!'"

So she did, and now her insurance company's trying to figure out what it's going take to get her back into her home

"Engineers have already identified at least 3 sinkholes on this property.  The long term plan is to fill them in with a whole lot of concrete.  Then, they plan to go up underneath the house, jack it up, and put steel pilings underneath to stabilize the structure.

She had the property inspected several months back and knew the soil might be weak underground.  "They said, 'There's no imminent possibility of one opening up, and there it is.  It opened up."

"It makes you wonder!" said Roger Beckler who lives two doors down.

He's says he's concerned, but not worried about his own home.

"It doesn't appear to have grown, " he said.  "So I'm hopeful that it's something that's just happened that's not gonna affect the rest of us."

But it's too late for Debbie Coffman who said the hole has already had a profound effect on her life.

"I don't think I ever wanna own a house again."



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