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Family grateful to community after sinkhole disaster

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The Dupre family bought their dream home in Dunedin five years ago, and they hoped to grow old in it. But all their dreams and wishes tumbled into a giant sinkhole earlier this month.

The country watched as the ground swallowed the back porch, the family boat and then the rest of their home.

Just weeks before Thanksgiving, the Dupres found themselves homeless. But despite their tough break, they are counting their blessings, Michael Dupre says.

"I'm very thankful for my family being so positive and being able to move forward. I'm very thankful for the people who make this house available, this vacation rental where we are temporarily in, and also for the whole community for being so helpful, " Michael said.

This holiday, the Dupres are spending time with family in New Orleans, but it's their family in Florida who have helped them through the tough days.

"It's wonderful. I never saw something like that before," says Janke Dupre. "The community all coming together basically to help, its amazing."

Everyone remembers the tragedy in Seffner this Spring, when Jeff Bush was swallowed up by a deadly sinkhole while he slept in bed. That nightmare is never far from Michael Dupre's mind.

"Every day, not just once, but multiple times, I think about how lucky we were. Yeah, it's a scary thought, but we were lucky, but we're here, and that's a good thing," Dupre said.

And for that, the Dupre family is thankful.

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