Sinkhole Near Disney World Crumbles the Summer Bay Resort Condos
A massive sinkhole near Disney World crumbled luxury resort condominiums on Monday.
Dozens of guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Florida had only 10 to 15 minutes to escape the collapsing condo, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
About 30% of the three-story condo collapsed early Monday, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. The villa at the Summer Bay Resort had already been evacuated.
The Summer Bay Resort is located on U.S. Highway 192 in the Four Corners area, located about 7 miles east of Walt Disney World resort.
"My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach," resort president Paul Caldwell told the Sentinel after getting a call about 10:30 p.m. Sunday that the 15-year-old building full of guests was splintering. "No doubt there would've been injuries if they hadn't gotten the building evacuated."
The sinkhole is about 50 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep, reports USA Today. Firefighters went from door-to-door of building 104 to help guests escape from the building that was in the process of crumbling to the ground with sounds of crackles.
The villa houses 24 units and about 20 people were staying in it at the time, Cuellar said. The building was sheared nearly in half.
An adjacent building was also evacuated with about 16 people having to leave, Cuellar said. "It could've taken a lot longer but we acted immediately," he said.
All guests had been accounted for and no one was injured. Caldwell said they were relocated to other buildings on the property.
"There's no other units affected except for a loss of power along east side of property," he said.
The resort's president said the resort underwent geological testing when it was built about 15 years ago, showing the ground to be stable, and that there were no signs before Sunday that a sinkhole was developing.
No injuries were reported.
Florida's sinkholes are caused because of geology. The state sits on limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water, with a layer of clay on top. The clay is thicker in some locations making them even more prone to sinkholes.
Sinkholes cost Florida residents millions in structural damage and insurance each year.
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