[caption id="attachment_64037" align="aligncenter" width="699"] new florida sinkhole in Seffner, Florida[/caption]A Third Sinkhole in Seffner, Florida
The small Florida community of Seffner is back in the news as another sinkhole has developed, and it has residents worried about the safety of their family and homes. This latest sinkhole, which opened on Saturday, March 23rd, measures about 8 feet in diameter. It opened up between two homes in the 1400 block of Lake Shore Drive, and officials have evacuated the homes on either side.
This is the third sinkhole to open in the area in the last month.
It was just two weeks ago that a sinkhole opened under a Florida home, swallowing a man who was in his bed, and whose body was never recovered.
"All they could see was a part of a mattress sticking out of the hole," said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Ron Rogers. "Essentially the floor of that room had opened up."
According to a report from Reuters, a sheriff deputy who arrived at the scene rescued the man's brother who jumped in the sinkhole and tried to rescue him.
"I feel in my heart he didn't make it," the brother, Jeremy Bush, told Tampa TV station WFTS. "There were six of us in the house, five got out."
A memorial for 37-year-old Jeff Bush was just held on Tuesday, March 19th, in his honor.
And in Louisiana, governor Bobby Jindal announced that homeowners in Assumption Parish who had to evacuate their homes due to a growing nine-acre sinkhole would receive buyout payments from the Texas Brine Co. of Houston.
“Our legal counsel was able to bring the governor up to speed on where things stand with the current legal filings and explain that Texas Brine is preparing to engage either directly or through counsel with those residents interested in discussing a possible resolution to their claims,” explained Texas Brine president Ted Grabowski.
Sinkholes are typically formed when erosion causes the removal of soluble bedrock, and as groundwater levels change, it creates a void, which then collapses into itself. They can be common in areas where limestone is predominate below the surface, as is the case in parts of Florida.
The new florida sinkhole is not linked to the other two.