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Sinkhole filled with dirt

A family that woke up to a sinkhole in their front yard Sunday morning will be able to save their house.

Engineers conducted soil tests Monday and determined the sinkhole at the home of Don and Susan Kirschner had stabilized, said Sam Moussly, a geotechnical engineer with Professional Service Industry.

The sinkhole, in front of the home on Sterling Silver Circle, grew to about 20-feet wide and 14-feet deep. It was filled with dirt Sunday afternoon to provide support.

A process called grouting, where a mixture of cement and sand is injected into the hole and in other areas of the property, will begin today.

Neighbors who are concerned other sinkholes may occur don't have much to worry about, Moussly said. He said the Windmere neighborhood is no more prone to sinkholes than other areas of the county.

_ SUSAN CLARY

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