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Strangers help Hernando sinkhole victim move out

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Linda Fisher thankful to strangers and friends who helped move her out of her home Tuesday. Linda Fisher thankful to strangers and friends who helped move her out of her home Tuesday.
Linda Fisher thankful to strangers and friends who helped move her out of her home Tuesday. Linda Fisher thankful to strangers and friends who helped move her out of her home Tuesday.
Linda Fisher thankful to strangers and friends who helped move her out of her home Tuesday. Linda Fisher thankful to strangers and friends who helped move her out of her home Tuesday.
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Linda Fisher says she spends most weekends playing in her driveway with her granddaughter. She went away last weekend and came home Sunday to find her driveway and part of her front yard swallowed by a massive sinkhole.

"It could have been us because I wasn't planning to leave," said Fisher.

Hernando County building officials deemed the house unsafe Monday. They gave Fisher until noon Tuesday to get everything out of her house. She just purchased the pool home on Eldridge Dr. in 2012.

"I planned to live here forever," Fisher said as she packed.

Neighbors, family members, and strangers showed up at her home Tuesday morning to help after seeing her house on the news.

“Most of these people I've never met before," said Fisher.

They helped wrap her dishes and bag all her clothes while crews worked outside to fill the sinkhole with dirt. Volunteer movers even showed up with boxes and trucks.

Fisher plans to spend the next few nights at a hotel while she looks for a rental home.

"It's hard to comprehend. It's really hard, but we're alive and that's what counts," she said.

She showed News Channel 8 new cracks that suddenly appeared Tuesday in her garage, dining room, and kitchen.

Fisher is hopeful her "catastrophic event" coverage will pay for the damage. She’s still waiting for the county to decide if her house will be condemned and demolished.

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Sharon Graff walked up the edge of yellow caution tape on her street and took out a camera, documenting the large sinkhole that opened up just four homes away from her house.

Graff knows the area is sinkhole prone, but this one is very close to her and she has concerns.

"I do live in a repaired house. I didn't get an attorney or an adjuster, I have no pinning," said Graff.

Pinning is a method of supporting the slab of a home to prevent collapse.

So far, county officials have only codenamed one home on the street where the sinkhole appeared. County building official James Friedrichs says there are no other reports of cracking in surrounding homes.

"We encourage property owners, if they think they have that kind of problem, to secure their own engineer to come out and look at their house and evaluate it for sink hole activity," said Friedrichs.

Contractors worked Tuesday to fill in the large sinkhole.

A Hernando County spokesperson says the fill in work should be completed by the end of Tuesday and paving of the street will begin on Wednesday.

County officials say they do not yet have an estimate on the cost of the repairs.

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