Firefighters evacuated an elderly couple from their home Sunday after a hole
swallowed part of their yard.
It's the second to form and collapse near the Country Estates neighborhood in Holiday 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 went inside and told her husband, who then called the fire department.
Firefighters helped Karen and her husband, who's in a wheelchair, out of their home and to their son's house next door.
"When you're 70 years old, you don't expect this stuff. It happens to somebody else," Noe said. "And thank God for my son having this home because there's no telling where they would've taken us."
Firefighters painted two orange circles around the outside of the hole to monitor its potential growth.
A similar hole took part of Carol Dowers' front yard and her driveway two weeks ago. Sinkhole remediation crews have since filled it, ripped out her old driveway and will soon pave a new one.
"My God how can this keep happening," Dowers said. "I feel so bad for them. It's sad. It really is."
Neighbors are concerned more holes may form, and they hope this is not the start of a pattern.
"It worries me a bit. It's all the same ground we're sitting on. So if one fell in, I wouldn't be surprised if there would be another one," Brett Pruden said.
Firefighters returned to the hole hours after evacuating Karen and her husband to 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 they will 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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