How would YOU feel if YOUR backyard disappeared?

Real Estate Agent with Sun Realty USA, Inc.

How would you feel if your backyard disappeared?   And a week before Christmas? 

We have to commiserate with townhouse owners in Sunrise, Florida, where luxury townhouses stay empty this Holiday season after their backyard fell into a canal.  Residents have been told to stay away from their homes.  Many of the Christmas gifts and Christmas trees are locked inside.

Six townhouses have been evacuated and Fire officials have checking the area to find out if the homes will follow the backyards into the canal. 

The incident has been stressful to the displaced families, especially coming so close to the holidays, and presently it is not known if the townhouses can ever be lived in again.

One of the residents, whose entire backyard disappeared, said “"It's all still very shocking. You expect a hurricane to hit, but not a canal to eat up your house."

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Posted by

Christine R. Sutherland, REALTOR®
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.  Naples & Bonita Springs, FLORIDA
Phone:          239-465-4525


Comments (4)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Pretty scary stuff. It's hard to even imagine how you would feel.

There have been a number of homes here in SoCal that washed away in teh flooding rivers in teh last couple of days due to all the rain. Horrible to see the videos on the news.


Dec 22, 2010 04:04 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Christine, not a good thing to happen. I hope they get back home soon.

Dec 22, 2010 04:06 PM
Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Wende Schoof - Menlo Park, CA - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula

Wow, Christine, this is awful! I've heard of something similar happening with houses on cliffs being eroded away by the ocean.  Those poor condo owners.  I hope they are at least able to retrieve their Christmas gifts and at least some of their belongings before Saturday. 

Dec 22, 2010 04:08 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


Sinkholes, Beach Erosion, Hurricanes - the price to pay for many who are living in Paradise.

But a Collapse of your Yard into the Canal?   Yikes!

Very sad, and of course Lawyers and Insurance Companies and Courts will make the final determination.


Dec 22, 2010 04:10 PM