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Sinkhole threatens home

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A growing sinkhole has reached within inches of part of the foundation (foreground) of Margaret Little's home. The ground is eroding away from the portion of the foundation under the house's front bedroom. Note the large crack in the ground at bottom left.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
The expression "that sinking feeling" is taking on new life for Margaret Little as a large sinkhole slowly but steadily eats away at the foundation of her Shelbyville home.

Margaret Little points out a large crack in her home's main hallway. She says similar cracks are developing in the inside and outside walls as the sinkhole underneath grows.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
The hole, which appears to be at least 18-20 feet long and several feet deep, has already exposed much of the foundation on one side of Little's Blue Ribbon Parkway residence. One of the supports has little ground left beneath it while the sinkhole is coming within inches of another.

At surface level, an emotional Little is forced to deal with what she says is damage already occurring -- and the fear of what could happen next.

Little's insurance company wants to repair the breach, she said.

But Little just wants out.

"I can't believe they'd make me stay," Little said through tears Tuesday. "I can't go in the back part of the house at all."

Little, for the time being, is confining herself to the portion of the house away from the sinkhole, which consists of the kitchen, den and living room.

A closer look at one portion of the collapsing foundation of Margaret Little's house.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
Lengthwise cracks, which Little says are caused by the sinkhole, line the tops of the walls in the main hallway, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Little blames the hole, and slowly sinking foundation, for pieces of tile which appear to have popped out of the bathroom wall.

Occasional creaking could be heard as Little walked across the floor of the rear bedroom. She says the noise started recently when the sinkhole was discovered.

Life on Blue Ribbon Parkway's been enjoyable for Little, a horse enthusiast whose car bears a Tennessee Walking Horse license plate and for whom the Celebration grounds are within walking distance.

"I've owned the house since 1974 and lived in it since 1986, when I moved here after my husband died," Little said Tuesday.

But for Little, the fear of her home -- or its floors -- collapsing overshadows everything at this point. She just wants relief, emotionally and materially.

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