For Mulberry apartment residents, a sinking feeling - FOX 13 News

For Mulberry apartment residents, a sinking feeling

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It was a scary night for several Mulberry residents living in an apartment complex on Diesel Road.

Most likely, they didn't get much sleep. Parts of the back of the apartment complex are collapsing - falling into a lake.

Residents at the quad-plex say they need help - and need it fast before they lose everything.

For many, they have a water view, but it's getting way too close for comfort. In some cases - the entire back yard is now gone.

The underside of the patio is also now exposed – along with the supports and pilings. People who live there say there are cracks in the walls.

The county did come out to inspect the property Thursday, but residents tell us they're not moving fast enough.

"What did you think when this whole erosion thing started? What did you think? I thought oh my god we're going in the water," said Deborah Smith, who lives at the apartment.

The apartments are on a Diesel Road in Mulberry - across from the manmade lake, which used to be a phosphate pit.

There are several single family homes on the other side of the road. One of those homes has already lost the pool in the backyard.

County officials are doing more inspections today, so hopefully we'll know more about the problem.

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