Cluster of Sinkholes in Suwannee County Leaves Man at the Mercy of FEMA
Unpredictable and devestating sinkholes are pulling the rug out from under many homeowners.
Despite efforts to recover, residents of the town of O'Brien, Florida just North of Branford are hoping to scrape themselves out of the hole.
O'Brien resident, Bo Morris says watching his property go under was, "a very surreal gut wrenching experience."
He's referring to the flash flooding and sinkhole openings near his home following Tropical Storm Debby.
In 12 years there, he says he's never seen anything like it, more than 30 sinkholes have appeared on his 10 acre lot with more on the way.
Morris' neighbors watched their home swept away by floodwaters that they blame on county mismanagement of culverts.
Morris is appreciative of the assistance he's been offered but says it just isn't enough, "I called last night and checked and they said I was eligible for $1700 which is better than nothing but $1700 is not gonna fill this hole right here."
He figures he needs at least ten-thousand just to bring in the dirt to fill his sinkholes.
Dollar figures aside, he says he has the most important things in his life.
"I still have work, I still have my kids, I still have my neighbors, and nobody got hurt."
As of Tuesday evening, Levy County has been added to federal disaster declaration list.
Bradford County is also included in that group.
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