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These are three holes Sanders says are invading her front yard.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Imagine being nervous about simply having your grandchildren play in your yard not because of what they'll do, but because of a problem that appears to be getting worse right before your eyes.

In Sharon Sanders' neighborhood, there are three problems on the ground in front of her home.

"I think they're dangerous," she said. "I get nervous when the kids come running up here."

Three holes are invading her yard. She first noticed them about a year ago. She tells First Coast News she thinks they're sinkholes.

Every time it rains, they get a little deeper," she said.

At least one of the holes appeared to be at least one foot, six inches deep by about one foot across.

Sanders said the Tampa sinkhole that swallowed a man while he was in his own home was on her mind. That man's body was never recovered.

"Especially this year with that down in Tampa," she said. "I just keep thinking that it's going to swallow up one of the kids or something's gonna happen."

Sanders has several grandchildren and several adult children.

"Well, my son thinks that there's a crack in that storm drain down there and all the water's washing the dirt away," she said, pointing to the storm drain in front of her mobile home.

A property management company owns the land Sanders' home sits on.

"I want them to find the problem and fix it," she said.

A property manager who spoke to First Coast News on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak, apologized. That manager went on to say it should have been taken care of a long time ago. The manager said previous management "didn't do anything about it."

First Coast News was assured the problem would be fixed immediately. The property manager followed through and the holes in Sanders' yard are now fixed. The manager was not able to offer any word on a cause of the holes.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website has an entire section devoted to sinkholes. It includes what you should do if you think you've found one. It also includes information on how to go about fixing it and answers to other questions.

First Coast News

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