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Posted on May 18th, 2010 at 9:30 PM by admin

PLANT CITY (Bay News 9) — A Plant City woman in the Trapnell Ridge Community said a sinkhole in her backyard sent her to the hospital.

Carla Davis-Chapman said she started hearing creaks and noticing cracks in her house last December.

She said her insurance company did testing and told her it was safe.

On Friday, Davis-Chapman went to pull a weed up in the backyard and she said the ground caved in underneath her.

“I was going down pretty hard, the ground opened up,” she said. “I slid in and between water, sand the grout, you don’t know what’s going through someone’s mind when something happens like that.”

Davis-Chapman said she spent almost two hours screaming for help and trying to dig her way out of the hole.

She said she was covered with dirt and cuts on both legs.

Neighbors took her to the emergency room but she said the hospital only gave her medication to calm her down.

Chapman said it’s hard to stay calm when she already sees another small hole opening in the yard next door.

Her insurance company is paying to repair the 10-foot-wide by 10-foot-deep sinkhole and will come back out to do more testing.

Read more about this Sinkhole Damage.

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