3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77098
Contact Us

The Gibson Law Firm

KHOU 11 News

Woman: Plunging Into Sinkhole In Harris County Was Like 'Quicksand'


HOUSTON (KHOU) -- Plunging into a sinkhole has left a woman reliving a nightmare nearly 18 months after it happened.


“It’s horrible just to think about it,” said Terrie Vernon, who survived the accident that took place in a neighbor’s backyard in northwest Harris County.


Vernon said there was a water leak that morning and a group of neighbors came outside to investigate.


“We called the water company numerous times,” she said.


Vernon said no one ever responded, not even when they called to report the water appeared to be bubbling up.


“Everything was grass,” said Vernon. “There were bubbles, but it was grass.”


But what looked like grass turned out to be an 8-by-10-foot sinkhole.


“It was like I stepped off the roof,” said Vernon. “Instantly, I went to my shoulders and I was being sucked down. It was like quicksand at the bottom.”


Vernon’s neighbor managed to pull her out.


Vernon suffered injuries to her shoulder, neck and knee.


An attorney has filed a lawsuit accusing Southwest Water Company of negligence for failing to warn Vernon and her neighbors of the potential threat of a sinkhole.


“Clearly this was an emergency situation,” said attorney Jason Gibson. “They got multiple phone calls from neighbors and from my client, and they basically said call the plumber.”


Citing the pending litigation, a water company spokesperson refused to comment on the case.


But Vernon can’t help but remember “being buried alive is just awful."


The Gibson Law Firm
There was an error submitting the form, please try again.
Attorneys, clients and potential clients can ask questions or send us information about a case by filling out the form below. There is no charge for contacting us with your inquiry. An attorney will review your submission and reply back to you.
Your information was successfully submitted and we will respond shortly. If you have more information to provide or would like assistance, please contact us directly at 713-650-1010 or
All Fields Required
Processing Please Wait
Processing Please Wait...
By providing us your phone number, you are giving us permission to call you in response to this request, even if this phone number is on the State and or National "Do Not Call Registry".