"So far, you're fortunate it hasn't affected your house," Doolittle told Chapman. But Chapman doesn't plan to stay for long.
He said he and his wife were the first of several neighbors to file a sinkhole claim. Other homes have holes, cracks in the walls and caved-in ceilings.
The couple moved from New York to Florida in 2005. Carla Chapman used to teach nursing assistants before she had more problems with her lungs. The couple bought the Plant City house in 2006 because the houses were new and the neighborhood seemed nice. But two backyard sinkholes trapping Chapman was too much.
"I'm sure she would like to be out of here as soon as possible, and so would I," Keith Chapman said. "I mean, I almost lost her this time."