Crews keeping close eye on hole in Holiday neighborhood - FOX 13 News

Crews keeping close eye on hole in Holiday neighborhood

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Firefighters evacuated an elderly couple from their home Sunday after a holeswallowed part of their yard.

It's the second to form and collapse near the Country Estates neighborhood inHoliday in the past two weeks.

Officials estimate the hole to be 15 feet wide and about 3 to 4 feet deep.

Karen Noe noticed it around 9:30 a.m. while taking out her garbage. She wentinside and told her husband, who then called the fire department.

Firefighters helped Karen and her husband, who's in a wheelchair, out of theirhome and to their son's house next door.

"When you're 70 years old, you don't expect this stuff. It happens tosomebody else," Noe said. "And thank God for my son having this homebecause there's no telling where they would've taken us."

Firefighters painted two orange circles around the outside of the hole tomonitor its potential growth.

A similar hole took part of Carol Dowers' front yard and her driveway two weeksago. Sinkhole remediation crews have since filled it, ripped out her olddriveway and will soon pave a new one.

"My God how can this keep happening," Dowers said. "I feel sobad for them. It's sad. It really is."

Neighbors are concerned more holes may form, and they hope this is not thestart of a pattern.

"It worries me a bit. It's all the same ground we're sitting on. So if onefell in, I wouldn't be surprised if there would be another one," BrettPruden said.

Firefighters returned to the hole hours after evacuating Karen and her husbandto check on them and to see if the hole was growing, which it wasn't.

They'll continue to check periodically, but there's no time frame on when theywill be able to return home.

"We're supposed to be happy retired, right? Well you know what, it sucks.Plain English, it sucks," Noe said.

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