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Giant hole causes sinking feeling

December 22, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- Betty and George Taylor are dealing with the epitome of a sinking feeling. They were surprised one morning this week to find a giant sinkhole in their yard.

What if it had been my trailer? Where would I have been? Down in a hole. I've never seen anything like this before," says Betty. Neither had her husband, George. "Oh wow. I said, we have got a major problem," he says.

The Taylor's insurance adjustor agrees, they have a whole lot of trouble on their hands. "Wow, I can't believe it. This is really big. We've seen it on highways, roadways, but this by far exceeds anything I've seen in my years of being with State Farm," says insurance adjustor, Dale Delk.

But this enormous sinkhole isn't near a road, it's in the Taylor's front yard in Thomasville. They think a rock broke a water line from a well. They've already replaced the old one. "The other slab, we don't know. It's down in the hole somewhere," says Betty.

The hole is about 20 feet wide and 12 feet deep. "It was about eight feet deep but it dropped down more," says Georgia. Water had been slowly seeping in for the past month, until on Tuesday... "It just started squirting every which away," says George.

And now... "The county's going to have to wait until it settles before putting some sand in it," says George. "Thank you, Lord, that it was where it was at if it had to be," adds Betty.

The new pump the Taylors had to buy cost more than $6500. They're hoping insurance will cover what they call a freak occurrence.

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