Two homes torn down at site of Dunedin sinkhole

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Two homes torn down at site of Dunedin sinkhole

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With each blow of the crane, onlookers gathered.

"I have four children and to think that possibly my memories my photos could be in a hole somewhere is tragic," said Crystal Winman.

While neighbors like Christopher Mcrae tried to go about his Saturday chores.

"We are learning about it this is kind of our welcome to the neighborhood," he said.

Mcrae moved onto Robmar Road in Dunedin a month ago.

Sinkholes were far from his mind, until the ground opened up beneath two of his neighbor's homes Thursday morning.

"Watching their belongings fall into a hole and succumb to just a big crane is really kind of sad," he said.

One by one trucks continuously hauled dirt to fill in the 90-foot-wide sinkhole, while crews with the City of Dunedin tore down the second damaged home.

"We are hoping just as quickly as we can get the hole filled and the site stabilized," said Tom Burke.

City engineer Tom Burke said it is going to take a few hundred truck loads, but once the hole is stabilized people who were forced to evacuate will be able to move back in . He said the job is almost halfway done.

"It is all gone its like a nightmare," commented Maria Bengono as she looked on.

Years of memories and personal items lay inside the hole.

Items Mcrae said are not nearly as important as the lives of the people who owned them.

"I'm just glad our neighbors are safe honestly," he said.

The city hopes to have the hole filled in by Monday.

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