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Old 07-14-2017, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thats a big hole.

Thought maybe it was close to Soundguys hole but its 700 miles away.

Sinkhole swallows homes in Land O' Lakes - Story | KSAZ

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LAND O' LAKES (FOX 13) - A 200-foot sinkhole that swallowed two homes in a Pasco County neighborhood this morning is still growing, officials warned, forcing other neighbors to evacuate.

The home at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’ Lakes fell into the watery hole this morning and the muddy pit has now claimed much of a neighboring home. Firefighters said they got a 911 call just after 7 a.m. and the hole grew within minutes after that.

The view from SkyFOX showed a mess of mud and debris. A Pasco County Emergency Management spokesman estimated it was 50 feet deep, 200 feet wide, and expected to continue to grow.

Deputies have cordoned off a portion of the neighborhood and are only allowing residents with identification into the area to get valuables from the evacuated homes -- in some cases, accompanied by firefighters.

No injuries have been reported. Eleven homes have been evacuated so far, though there could still be more.

"If we need to come and knock on your door, you should be ready to go. We will continue to back this up about 100 feet at a time or whatever the building inspector tells us," said Kevin Guthrie, assistant county administrator. "This is a very fluid situation. The sinkhole, by no means, is stable."

Initially, authorities called the hole a "depression" but have since categorized it as a sinkhole -- an important distinction for insurance purposes. Two state geologists are expected to arrive and further evaluate the scene this afternoon, but full repairs could take weeks or months.

"Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take," Guthrie added late this morning.

County records show that a 50-foot-deep sinkhole on the site was remediated in 2014 at a cost of over $30,000, but more details were not immediately available.

Sinkholes are a regular occurrence in Central Florida due to the nature of the state's geology. Smaller holes are common, though they have been known to damage and even destroy entire homes.

In 2013, a hole opened suddenly underneath a home in Seffner, killing a man as he slept, then reopened two years later.


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TF?? This shit just happens in Florida?? Was looking at property to buy here to retire...wow...Hmmm is there a way to prevent this? Is this a septic tank gone bad kinda thing?? lol
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TF?? This shit just happens in Florida?? Was looking at property to buy here to retire...wow...Hmmm is there a way to prevent this? Is this a septic tank gone bad kinda thing?? lol


Best way to prevent that is to not build directly over a sinkhole.
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Best way to prevent that is to not build directly over a sinkhole.
I have no clue about sinkholes, when you buy a home out there, do they disclose that its on a sinkhole? How would you know?
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I have no clue about sinkholes, when you buy a home out there, do they disclose that its on a sinkhole? How would you know?
you don't It's sort like not building a house in the path of a Tornado.
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you don't It's sort like not building a house in the path of a Tornado.
The Land O lakes kinda gives away the sinkhole name. I will stay away from that area, I want beachfront property or close by...lol
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How would you know?
Basically...
Where I live now and surrounding areas like NYC are built on a big rock...
Flawduh in certain areas was marsh/swampland long ago & lots of muck was covered by backfill, cleanfill, what have you.

Think of the canals too.

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Sure, right up to the moment a Sarlac pit or a sand worm comes along and fucks shit up
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TF?? This shit just happens in Florida?? Was looking at property to buy here to retire...wow...Hmmm is there a way to prevent this?
Yes there is. Don't move to Florida
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TF?? This shit just happens in Florida?? Was looking at property to buy here to retire...wow...Hmmm is there a way to prevent this? Is this a septic tank gone bad kinda thing?? lol
Stay away form LA too if yer skeered of the holes.

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Seriously though, after the last big one swallowed a dude up and killed him I wouldn't live where these are a problem either. Landslides and sinkholes are not on my preferred list of ways to leave this world.
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TF?? This shit just happens in Florida?? Was looking at property to buy here to retire...wow...Hmmm is there a way to prevent this? Is this a septic tank gone bad kinda thing?? lol
basically the majority of Florida is on top of a huge limestone underground aquifier. It's basically swiss cheese underground
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Seriously though, after the last big one swallowed a dude up and killed him I wouldn't live where these are a problem either. Landslides and sinkholes are not on my preferred list of ways to leave this world.
good luck with that

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The Land O lakes kinda gives away the sinkhole name. I will stay away from that area, I want beachfront property or close by...lol
I lived in the Tampa area for 13 years. There were always stories about sink holes all over the place. You can't avoid them down there. The whole state is made of sand that sits on top of natural springs. Add to that all of the rain (it rains there pretty much every single day of the 6 month summer) and you have some sketchy ground to plant houses on.
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It's about 10 miles away from me. LandOLakes is sort of on the southeastern edge of an area that is fairly common for sinkholes - although they can show up almost anywhere. There was a smaller one about 3 miles from me that swallowed up small mobile home 30+ years ago. One of the houses in this one apparently had experienced sinkhole activity in the past but they had repaired the ground.

As mentioned above, we basically sit on a big block of Swiss cheese limestone that sometimes gives way. I used to be a cave diver, and many of the cave entrances (karst windows) are essentially very old sinkholes.

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good luck with that.
I lived in central Texas for most of my life and never once heard of one of that caliber happening that was natural and not partially caused by man, although I realize they have happened, and we even have a state park named after them. (Devil's Sinkhole) They just seem more common in Florida.

According to the map I am currently clear. EDIT: Looked at the map on a bigger screen, apparently not. But at least I don't live on a marsh or a salt dome so I have got that going for me.
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