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Tampa family evacuates house, suspects sinkhole


Published:   |   Updated: November 26, 2013 at 05:55 AM

TAMPA — A family of five adults and two children evacuated their house Monday night after they said they felt the ground shift beneath their home.

The family is concerned a sinkhole might have formed on their property at 2103 W. Sligh Ave.

“They were sitting in the living room and the center of the floor buckled,” said Janet McGuire, spokeswoman for the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Neither the Tampa Police Department nor Tampa Fire Rescue could immediately confirm the presence of a sinkhole, said police Lt. Richard O’Connor. Residents told investigators that nine months ago a home insurance assessor told them that they had a sinkhole under the property, O’Connor said.

McGuire said firefighters are planning to return Tuesday to investigate. From outside the home it was hard to tell whether there was a sinkhole, she said.

The family has lived in the home for about three years, O’Connor said.

The Red Cross is assisting the family. It has placed the family in a hotel for two days and is helping with food and clothing.

“They can’t get back in their house,” McGuire said.

The family will meet with caseworkers Tuesday to learn other ways they can be helped, McGuire said.

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