New Sinkhole Opens in Seffner, Florida ‘Sinkhole Season’ in Full Swing
Another sinkhole has opened up in Florida, which is really no surprise with the exception, this one is located in Seffner; making it the third sinkhole in the last month located there.
An 8-foot-wide, 10-foot-deep hole was discovered between two houses in Seffner, Florida over the weekend.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and code enforcement officials set up a perimeter between 1425 and 1427 Lake Shore Ranch Drive in Seffner, less than two miles from where resident Jeff Bush was swallowed and killed when a sinkhole opened up under his bed Feb. 28.
"Someone needs to figure out why these sinkholes are happening and we all need to keep a lookout no matter where you are," wrote Brandon Patch reader Stacie Jones. "And we need to find a way to prevent these sinkholes because they are are scary."
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews investigated the sinkhole and say there is no danger to the homes, but residents were evacuated as a precaution.
The happening of sinkholes are common and are even more common in Florida during the winter months. "There's a high occurrence specifically in January or February," Ann Tihansky, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Florida told LiveScience. "And that's related to freezes, when farmers pump groundwater onto crops, strawberries and oranges, to protect them from freezing."
However, the deadly sinkholes that swallow and kill people are very rare. No one — from longtime public safety officials to geologists — can remember an incident where a person was sucked into the earth without warning prior to Jeff Bush, reports the AP.
Florida sinkholes are caused by the state's porous geological bedrock, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The sunshine state is one of two states, the other one being Tennessee, where home insurance providers are required to cover damage related to earth movement, The Christian Science Monitor noted.
It's the start of what's unofficially considered the "sinkhole season," across Florida this time of year, State Geologist Jonathan Arthur said. It coincides with the beginning of the state's rainy season and usually lasts until the end of summer.
"Florida is famous for bugs, alligators, pythons, hurricanes and now sinkholes," said Larry McKinnon, a Hillsborough sheriff's office spokesman. "I think our salvation is that for most of the time, our weather is picture-perfect."
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