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Va. woman shares story of sinkhole experience at Florida resort

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Maggie Ghamry Maggie Ghamry
GAINESVILLE, Va. -

Maggie Ghamry is from Gainesville, Va. She and a girlfriend took their children to the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., for a vacation that turned into a nightmare.

Ghamry is back, but she was in Clermont the night of August 11 when a three-story building of two-bedroom villas collapsed and was partially swallowed by a 100-foot sinkhole.

Ghamry says she knew when she returned to her first-floor room that evening, something was wrong because she could hear metal clanging and a window explode.

She grabbed her 3-year-old son and took her friend to get help.

A security officer alerted by Ghamry banged on all the doors and woke people who were sleeping. She says some people started throwing their luggage out of windows and were trying to get out. Many people had to leave belongings behind.

Ghamry says management relocated the guests by early next morning. 105 people were evacuated from the villa.

Since the collapse, engineers have been drilling to see if the land at the resort has stabilized.


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