The Michael Dupre family of Dunedin, Florida watched in horror this week as their luxurious family home began crumbling and being swallowed up by a gigantic sinkhole in the ground.
His daughter alerted the family early Thursday morning, warning that she thought she heard a burglar trying to break into the house. Dupre heard a loud cracking noise and went to investigate.
After seeing the screened-in family room begin to collapse, he yelled for his wife and daughter to get dressed and get out of the house and then dialed for help using 911.
Within 24 hours, not only had the sinkhole enveloped even more of the Dupre’s house as well as a neighboring home, but it had grown to at least 50 feet deep and more than 70 feet wide. Dupre said he had already noticed cracks in his property during the past few weeks and was already in touch with his insurance agent to determine what action to take.
Workers had already begun filling in the ground to make it more stable, but their actions proved to be too little and too late. This episode is the latest report of sinkholes throughout Florida opening up and swallowing houses.