May 26, 2020

Growing sinkhole devours several homes in Florida

16 Julio 2017, 03:40 | Azura Castelo

A sinkhole opened up in a Tampa neighborhood which ended up swallowing a whole house

A sinkhole opened up in a Tampa neighborhood which ended up swallowing a whole house

On Friday at 7:21 am, the 911 service received a call detailing a boat that was falling into a hole. When asked how it felt to see his house crumble, Jose Rodriguez said, "I can't describe that".

Authorities say their efforts are limited until the hole stops growing.

Voluntary evacuations are underway.

Here is how the home looked before the entire thing collapsed into the sinkhole
Here is how the home looked before the entire thing collapsed into the sinkhole

It had already sucked in the boat by the time firefighters arrived 15 minutes later.

The movement has slowed down, Guthrie said.

Florida has more sinkhole activity than any other state in the country and because of that many insurers offer additional coverage for sinkholes. Today, most of the country and its territories observe DST. By Friday night, just the garage and the jagged edges of a couple of other rooms were standing.

Two geologists from the state are investigating the opening. "You can feel the earth move". Power has been cut to around 100 houses in the neighborhood. "We're trying to save lives, conserve property at this time, wait for the scene to stabilize out". Since these subterranean caverns have no external surface drainage, long bouts of rain can cause water to pool, leading to further destabilization, and in some instances, cataclysmic collapse like this morning's event. Karst refers to landforms that develop due to the dissolving away, over geologic time, of geologic materials near the surface.

This story is developing.

"We had all our memories there", said Thalia Chapman, Villa's daughter. "What can we do now?"

This is not the first time a home in this area has had problems with a sinkhole.

Around Florida, they're fairly common-often caused when the state's unique limestone bedrock gets eroded by rainwater.

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