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Residents afraid lake will swallow apartments

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Deborah Smith shows off the situation. Deborah Smith shows off the situation.
MULBERRY (FOX 13) -

People at an apartment complex in Mulberry have a water view that's getting too close for comfort.  They're worried their apartments will slide into the lake behind them.

The apartments are on Diesel Road.  They're across from a manmade lake that used to be a phosphate pit.

Residents say the land behind their apartments began eroding after a strong storm in July.

Deborah Smith has been watching and worrying since then.

"I thought, oh my God, we're going in the water," she recalled.

Since then, trees have been uprooted and cracks have begun to form in the apartments.  One unit has already been condemned.

The building's owner has brought in an engineer and is working with the city of Mulberry to figure out ways to shore things up.

"They need to figure out what they're going to do," Smith added.  "There's an apartment full of kids at the very end. She has four children and she doesn't know what's going on."

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