Third Florida Sinkhole: Residents Evacuate As Sinkhole Appears In Seffner

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on March 25 2013 9:31 AM

A third sinkhole has appeared in Seffner, Fl., and is putting residents on edge.

The sinkhole is approximately 8 feet wide, according to NBC affiliate WFLA. There was a second sinkhole found earlier this month as well, 3.4 miles away from this latest one, which measures 12 feet.

The first sinkhole is located just over a mile away from this latest one.

Last month, residents in Seffner first became alarmed after a giant sinkhole opened beneath the bedroom of Jeff Bush family’s suburban Tampa home at 11 p.m., swallowing Bush along with his bed and other articles in the bedroom.

Although the Tampa area is prone to sinkholes, structural engineers were shocked by the pace and structure of the sinkhole.

The sinkhole was estimated to be about 20 feet to 30 feet across and about 30 feet deep.

“The hole has gotten deeper,” geotechnical engineer Larry Madrid said at a press conference Friday evening. “We can’t get into the building because of the potential for sudden collapse,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Bush, 36, was not able to be rescued and was presumed dead.

Residents are making sure to take precautionary measures with this latest sinkhole. The Daily Mail reports that both homes on either side of this third sinkhole have been evacuated.  

Though it does not pose immediate danger, according to Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz, many residents are choosing to stay at hotels.

Laurie Goldstein, who lives across the street from the third sinkhole told WFLA, “Is it too close for comfort having it across the street? Yeah. Is my house gonna sink? Yeah it's very, it's scary.” 

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