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Couple in Hernando County lives with sinkhole under their bedroom

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A sinkhole is under the bedroom of John and Tina Furlow in Weeki Wachee. A sinkhole is under the bedroom of John and Tina Furlow in Weeki Wachee.
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The nightmare with a sinkhole started in august of 2011. As John Furlow worked to clean his pool filter, one of his legs dropped into a hole. 

"It started out to be about 2 feet wide. And it went down about 5 feet. And it came out about a foot and a half. And now its approximately 8, 9 feet long, and growing," he said.

The large cavern is right under the couple's bedroom. "Every day, in our bedroom, we lay down and look up and there's more and more cracks. We're just hey look, there's another one" said Tina Furlow. 

Around their house, there is more evidence of sinking soil. Pavers by their pool are falling, and the pool itself looses an inch of water every day. Hairline cracks can be seen creeping along the stucco and on tiles leading to the front door.

The sinkhole is forcing them to sleep in other rooms. But not in their bedroom. "We're basically not sleeping that much into that room. We've took a lot of the furniture out for weight, cuz we're afraid" said Mr. Furlow. They say they made a claim with citizen's insurance, which sent an engineer to verify a sinkhole exists. But a year and a half later, nothing has happened.

Mrs. Furlow is very upset. "It's scary. Cuz everybody on this street moved here and thought we'd live and die here. And we all built our dream houses, and now we're all like, why did we do this?"

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