Florida sinkhole swallows building

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Here’s a story that’s close by to where we live. We shop in Leesburg regularly and some of Marianne’s doctor’s reside there. Sinkholes are scary because you never know when or where they will develop.

An enormous sinkhole has opened up in the town of Leesburg, Fla.,, and it’s hungry. It’s already gobbled up a garbage bin, an oak tree, the back wall of the building housing a salon and racks of supplies. You can watch a video charting its path of destruction above.

The chasm that caused Main Street Hair and Beauty Supply to collapse is about 60 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Although the street surrounding the building has also fallen prey to the pit, officials say the hole isn’t growing. But the slowly sinking building is sparking growing concern for neighbors who live nearby. The sinkhole started after a torrential downpour at the end of June.

The heavy rains lead to plenty of pits opening in central Florida.

 

Since the 1950s, 3,100 sinkholes have been recorded in Florida. The naturally occurring holes open up when acidic groundwater dissolves underground rock formations. At the point, the formations are no longer able to support the ground above them, causing terra firma to collapse inward.

A neighbor across the street said he heard the sinkhole before he saw it. He told the Orlando Sentinel, “It woke me up. I heard a crack, a boom. I thought it was a wreck, like someone hit a transformer or something.”

Click on link above for video.

 

Watering Hole

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One thought on “Florida sinkhole swallows building

  1. Deacon John this is frighting!

    This has been happening all over the world and you don’t no where its going to happen next? all of a sudden their a hole in the ground and most times they are huge! Stay safe Deacon John and family this is to close for anyone comfort!

    My prayers are with you.

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