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Crews work on filling Tallahassee sinkhole as neighbors watch on

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 17:42:17-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Three days after a sinkhole swallowed half of one trailer and threatened to take the other, crews are filling in the hole which is still believed to be about 90 feet deep.

Workers say it could take 400 truck-loads of dirt to fill in that massive sinkhole. Neighbors are on standby, hoping it doesn't cause any more damage for the families.

There's a visible difference to the size of the hole but workers say they still have days to go before the hole is completely full.

The sound of trucks and the sight of dirt served as a welcome wake up call for the people living in Capital Pines Mobile Home Park.

"At 7:30 this morning, Crowder was cued up," said Lynn Garman, a neighbor in the area. "We've had a convoy of dump trucks all day long."

A massive sinkhole opened in the neighborhood Tuesday evening. One home split, with part of it falling it in.

"They're doing a good job of satisfying and trying to at least put a lid on this," said Garman.

Property owners say they've never dealt with a situation like this before. While most sinkholes aren't as big as this one, a local geologist says, they are common in the state of Florida because of the type of soil and all of the water running underneath it.

"It's similar to a milk jug. If you have a milk jug that's full and you carefully put your weight on it, it'll hold your weight," said Rich Miller, a geologist. "But if you empty that milk jug and try to do the same thing, it collapses."

Property owner Matt Hennessy tells ABC 27 his crew will eventually test the other spots for potential sinkholes but that won't happen until the current hole is finished.

Seeing that hole filled in is top priority for Anwar El Khouri and his neighbors.

"He really does not know what's going to happen tomorrow or the next day and neither do we," said Garman.

While the future is unclear for the homeowner, his neighbor is making plans to help ease some of his stress.