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Sinkhole Found in Front YardSubmitted: 07/10/2013

Melissa Constanzer
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter
mconstanzer@wjfw.com

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RHINELANDER - Storm damage can be a big problem. After days of heavy rain and severe storms, one man in the Northwoods LITERALLY fell into a big clean-up.

We expect this kind of clean-up after a storm. But one Pelican resident got in deeper than he bargained for today. Dominic Cinfio was checking his property for storm damage this morning.

"I was walking towards the road and I step on this hole and I went down at least a foot, foot and a half ... I didn't know what was going on. I wasn't sure. The more I dug, the deeper it got. Then I realized what was going on, and next thing I know, the hole was at least nine feet by four feet." -9sec, Dominic." says Dominic Cinfio, a Pelican resident.

The ground sank in because we've had more than two inches of rain in three days. Dominic thinks it was an old septic tank since he found brick, metal and wood in the hole. In his forty years at the house, he's never had a storm clean up like this.

"You see this someplace else like Florida, everything like this is happening. I never thought it would happen here. I mean, it just, BOOM ... there I was," says Dominic.

The Cinfio's are getting the hole filled tomorrow. It will cost them about 200 dollars.

Dominic wasn't the only one who had a hard time believing it.

"My husband comes in and says, we have a sinkhole in the front yard and I said we have a what?! He said 'yeah' and I said well how do you know? He says 'I fell in it!' And I thought 'Yeah right!' I didn't believe him," says Gail Cinfio, Dominic's wife.

Gail was thankful Dominic didn't disappear. But she was also thankful she didn't find the hole.

"I would've screamed ... yeah I would have for sure ... You just don't expect that to happen," said Gail.


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