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Florida homeowner faces thousands in damage after pool rises from ground

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Jessica Pedraza says she drained her pool on Sunday. When they returned to the home on Monday night, they saw the pool jutting out of the dirt.MyFoxTampaBay.com

Groundwater under a Florida homeowner's backyard forced an in-ground pool to partially raise about three feet out of the dirt, prompting fears of another sinkhole, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported.

Jessica Pedraza, who lives in Brandon, which is east of Tampa, told the station that she and he husband drained the pool on Sunday. When they returned to the home on Monday night, they saw the pool jutting out of the dirt. Pedraza faces repairs that will likely total tens of thousands of dollars. Insurance will not cover the cost, the station reported.

Pedraza said her insurance company told her they likely will deny her claim. They're pointing to the "exclusions" section of her policy which includes "water below the surface of the ground...which exerts pressure on...a swimming pool or other structure."

"You pay for an insurance policy assuming that you have coverage and the coverage isn't actually there when you go to file the claim," she said.

Pedraza said the insurance company offered her $1,500, roughly the cost of sending out one of their engineers to determine the damage was caused by ground water.

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