Man tries to rebuild after sinkhole swallows home

by Michael Mosher on February 23, 2018

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APOPKA, Fla. —
It has been more than four months since several sinkholes opened up in Apopka, ruining homes and changing lives.

WESH 2 News spoke with one homeowner who said he is trying to rebuild his life.

Homeowner Garry Miller said he raised his family in the home that was recently swallowed by a sinkhole.

Miller said he wants to rebuild that home and he is not worried about another sinkhole.

On Thursday, Miller showed WESH 2 News the sandy field that now covers up the sinkhole on Kelly Park Road near Apopka.

Miller said for a long time, the family did not know what to do.

“That’s the hardest part. Sitting here watching it. We sat here for two and a half, three months and just watched it deteriorate,” Miller said.

The family has been living in a motor home on the other side of the property since it happened.

Their home insurance covered the cost of replacing the actual house, but there were a lot more bills. The Millers had to pick up the cost of tearing down the rest of the building and filling in the hole. Altogether, the cost came out to about $12,000.

The family actually stuffed a lot of the concrete from the house into the hole.

“It’s been a costly experience, but it’s been a learning experience,” Miller said.

The family is working with an architect to design a new house, building it in the same spot they have called home for decades.

“Everybody asks me, ‘Why would you build on the same property?’ I ask them, ‘Why do you build on the property you build on? Do you know that it’s safe? That there’s not a sinkhole on there?'” Miller said.

The family has a lot of space at the property so there is room to put another house.

Miller said if they wanted to build the new house on the exact same spot where the old one was, he would have needed to reinforce the ground and that would have cost up to $200,000.



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