Sinkhole Swallows Florida House; Trailer Park Evacuated

A 10-foot deep sinkhole swallowed part of a home in Plant City, Florida.

According to the Tampa Bay's WTSP, Nancy Regan and her boyfriend found themselves escaping through a back bedroom window as the ground swallowed up their home. Both the Regan's home and a neighboring home have been condemned.

In nearby Polk County, another sinkhole led to the evacuation of a Frostproof mobile home park (left). This sinkhole was estimated to be 40 to 50 feet deep and 30 feet wide, and swallowed several trees but no actual homes.According to
[S]inkholes are formed where the rock below the land surface is limestone or other carbonate rock whose minerals are naturally dissolved by water. As the rock dissolves, the ceiling of the cavern becomes thinner as it decays. When the land above the cavern becomes too heavy for the ceiling to support, the soil and sub-surface above starts to ravel downward to it. A depression or even a complete collapse of the land above can occur. Water flow also forces more sub-surface particles downward. ... Florida is the most vulnerable state for sinkhole development, especially along the northwest Gulf Coast. ... Florida Law requires insurance companies to provide coverage for damage caused by sinkholes.
Ms. Regan indicated she does not have the appropriate insurance for her home.
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