Second home near Dunedin sinkhole demolished - WFLA News Channel 8

Second home near Dunedin sinkhole demolished

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Barricades surround the area where the large sinkhole opened up on Thursday. Barricades surround the area where the large sinkhole opened up on Thursday.
Crews finished tearing down the second home on Saturday. Crews finished tearing down the second home on Saturday.

Early Saturday morning crews in Dunedin began tearing down a second home threatened by a large sinkhole that opened up on Thursday.

Rain slowed things down a bit but the demolition process was completed by nightfall.

After that task was done crews brought in truckloads of dirt to fill in the crevice. That process got underway Saturday afternoon.

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Tom Burke, City of Dunedin engineer, was among those supervising the work.

“It’s a remarkably big hole and we’ve never had this kind of sinkhole activity here before,” Burke said. “We’re simply trying to get the hole filled as best we can to stabilize the site and reduce the risk of hazard to the adjacent properties.”

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Burke and his team of engineers estimate it will take approximately five to six-thousand cubic yards of dirt to fill the sinkhole. That’s approximately 500 truckloads.

Several months ago Chris McCrae and his girlfriend purchased a home right across the street from the residence where the hole opened up. The past two days activity has them concerned to say the least.

“It’s kind of a rude awakening,” McRae said on Saturday as he watched the trucks hauling in the dirt. “We’re checking our insurance policies and we’ve discussed what we might grab should something happen [under our home.]”

Watching the crews hard at work on Saturday gave McRae a little piece of mind.

“I feel a little better now that they’re filling in the hole,” he added.

Ask him if he and his girlfriend might consider relocating he pauses.

“Uh, we’re not thinking about moving [right now],” McRae says. “I think we’re going to ride it out and see what happens. We are pretty optimistic about the progress [made] today.”

Filling a large sinkhole isn’t a task that is done quickly or easily. Crews are hoping they won’t have to head back out to the site on Monday. Burke and his staff will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust their plans when necessary.

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