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Insurance company, homeowner knew about Dunedin sinkhole for years

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DUNEDIN, FL - The problem with the sinkhole under a Dunedin home dates back further than Thursday November 14.

Two years ago, Citizens Property Insurance admitted there was a sinkhole under the home.  8 On Your Side found out the company has been arguing with homeowner Michael Dupre and his attorneys over how to fix it.

"Especially after the Seffner incident happened, that's where the nightmares started," said Dupre. "You were afraid sleeping in your bed at night, you would wake up for every little noise you hear, and my daughter was afraid to sleep in her own room."

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8 On Your Side also discovered that Citizens started repairs two days ago, pumping grout underneath the home.  Dupre feared the method Citizens wanted to use could actually cause the sinkhole to open up, but he and his wife finally agreed to let the company try.

Dupre's attorneys say they are looking into the method used, and the catastrophic result.

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"The concern was about the matter in which to repair," said attorney Jason Salgado.  "We thought the Citizens method was the cheaper method, and ours was a little more solid, at least for the above ground repairs."

A Citizens spokesman says it's possible the grout pumping caused the sinkhole to open up, but he added that it might not have happened if the homeowner had allowed the work to begin two years ago when the company wanted to make repairs.

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