Tallahassee Woman Faces Sinkhole Problem

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Tallahassee, FL - Imagine living in a home you can't insure, no one wants to buy and it may not be safe.

A Tallahassee woman is currently facing that problem.

At first glance, her home in Tallahassee's Mission Manor neighborhood on the city's northwest side doesn't look much different from any of the other homes in the neighborhood.

Then about two years ago, homeowner Vickie Gordon found a problem.

"I started noticing that the doors were getting stuck in the bathroom, couldn't open them," said Gordon.

Then the issues became more noticeable.

Cracks started showing up all over the house.

After Gordon contacted her insurance company, investigators found sinkhole activity at her home.

Experts said the problem could be fixed by injecting grout through 18 different pipes.

But the cost exceeded Gordon's insurance policy.

Instead, the insurance company paid off the remaining mortgage on Gordon's home.

But now she can only get flood insurance and still has to pay taxes.

Reporter: "So where does that leave you then?"
Gordon: "At a no win situation."

Compounding the problem, she does have a drainage issue at her home inspectors say could also be softening the foundation.

After a sinkhole swallowed a central Florida man recently, she wants to leave and find a new place to live as quickly as possible.

"They told me it wasn't a life or death situation, but however as you stated, the incident that happened down in central Florida, I don't know what could happen," said Gordon.

Gordon tells us she's contacted both the city and county hoping to be bought out from her home.

But to this point, it hasn't worked.



 

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