'Temporary fix' for yard with 3 sinkholes near Brooksville - WFLA News Channel 8

'Temporary fix' for yard with 3 sinkholes near Brooksville

Posted: Updated:
BROOKSVILLE, FL (WFLA) -

BROOKSVILLE - A team of volunteers is filling in what's become a sad reminder of what toll Tropical Storm Debby took on some families around Brooksville.  L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc., is donating thousands of dollars worth of manpower and dirt to fill in three sinkholes that swallowed Troy and Lily Fielder's front yard.

"What we're doing is probably outside the scope of what an engineer would recommend," said Jim Flynn of L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc. "The way we look at it: We're trying to put a Band-Aid on a problem that really needs to be addressed long-term."  No one has tested the ground yet to figure out exactly why it opened up here.

"Those tests can literally cost thousands of dollars; especially if you don't have sinkhole coverage," Flynn said.  Lily Fielder initially bought the house at 4370 Broad Street in 1963. About a decade later she married Troy.

"You couldn't help being touched by the story," said "You had a brother and sister that grew up in the house and literally overnight or the span of just a few days ... everything they owned was lost."

Last June, when Tropical Storm Debby's winds and rain were bearing down on Brooksville, Lily was in the hospital fighting leukemia. Troy was at home as the floodwaters crept in. By the time woke up that Sunday morning, his bed was moving ... floating - in about 2 feet of water.

People had to help him in through the flooded yard to safety. Tropical Storm Debby ruined almost everything inside the house. What the water didn't take inside, sinkholes did in the yard including an oak tree that stood on the property more than 200 years.  Richard Gray, Lily's son, said the family is hoping to eventually salvage the house, but it will take work.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
  • Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:15:46 GMT
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
  • NewsMore>>

  • Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family

    Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:44:24 GMT
    Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions.
  • Former Pasco massage therapist and massage business face $47 million judgement

    Former Pasco massage therapist and massage business face $47 million judgement

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:27:42 GMT
    Raul Alberto Delarosa is already serving 10 years sex offender probation after his conviction for assaulting a female massage client two years ago.But a worse punishment may have beenhanded him this week when a Pasco jury in a civil case awarded the victim a $47.4 million judgment --much of which is owned by the company 
    Raul Alberto Delarosa is already serving 10 years sex offender probation after his conviction for assaulting a female massage client two years ago.But a worse punishment may have beenhanded him this week when a Pasco jury in a civil case awarded the victim a $47.4 million judgment --much of which is owned by the company 
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.