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Florida has a large sinkhole problem

  1. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    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.
    ...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....

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/flor … 24324.html
    well before you buy a home,you've got to find out about the ground below it too?

    yikes

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      BenjaminBposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      My opinion it would not bother me one bit if both Florida and California just vanished. To me they are both giant sink holes.

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Hey Ben, I love Cali! sad I wouldn't want to vanish into a sinkhole. sad

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          BenjaminBposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Well AEvans if that's your real picture you are too dam cute to have disappear down a sink hole so i think i'd line you up a life preserver smile

  2. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 5 years ago

    I have been to Florida a couple of times, nobody mentioned the sink holes to me, and this is the first I can remember hearing of it.

    I loved the people I met and had a great time as well, so I am sorry to hear they have yet another thing to worry about.

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      Jsparcoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'm surprised! Florida is swamped with sinkholes. My house has recently started to develop cracks! I had no idea what they were from, and my friend said he was 100% sure it was a soft / small sinkhole underneath the foundation of my house. I filed a claim with my insurance company and they denied it! I'm now working with http://www.nationlaw.com/insurance-clai … attorneys/ and hopefully they can help get this claim in my favor!
      I wish everyone the best!

    2. TMMason profile image73
      TMMasonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yup, they are all around in FL, E.

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    klarawieckposted 5 years ago

    Considering Miami is at water level, and it's mostly swamp land that has been filled to create a city above it, it's not in bad shape at all. No sinkholes here. (Knock on wood)

  4. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    Sinkholes are a natural part of Florida's ecosystem. Some areas are affected more than others. Some of the lakes in central Florida were naturally formed as a result of land sinking. But over time sinkholes are also caused by man made environmental issues such as land development, heavy deep water pumping, retention ponds, etc.

    In areas that have been reported as having sinkhole activity, (which may even include tiny cracks in the foundation as a result of land settling or a neighbors property reporting activity to their insurance company), a homeowner pays for sinkhole coverage. The insurance is not cheap, and there has been plenty of fraud concerning sinkhole claims. There is an opt out with only minimal coverage. Some of us also have to pay flood insurance.

    http://www.cnnfoundationtech.com/sinkho … ution.html
    This link shows a map of areas which have reported any sinkhole activity since 1954

  5. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 5 years ago

    Well Rebekah you covered that thoroughly! smile

  6. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    I have read a lot about it because I am a homeowner and felt that I needed to educate myself. The entire ecosystem of Florida is extremely fascinating and the longer I live here, the more I learn. I love living here. smile

  7. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    I had seen the massive hole on the Internet, it is certainly a frightening situation and I am glad there has not been any casualties. I couldn't live there, I would be stressed out all of the time.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image91
      rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It's not quite like that AE, it's probably like we feel about earthquakes in CA. smile

      The media makes it appear widespread.

      1. AEvans profile image71
        AEvansposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        That is so true! They probably photo shopped the pic too! smile

        1. atulhost profile image59
          atulhostposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Hmmmm, yes, I also wonder after reading it as how I don't know about this?

        2. rebekahELLE profile image91
          rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          definitely.

          Here's a more accurate account of the sinkhole.
          http://www.wftv.com/news/28616488/detail.html

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    klarawieckposted 5 years ago

    Miami has other issues, that are not sinkholes. We have a lot of a**holes! big_smile
    (I hope I don't get banned for that one! big_smile)

    1. Stacie L profile image86
      Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I lived near Miami,in the delray beach boca raton area and there are plenty of a**holes there too!
      not sure if they have had any sinkholes..my brothers have lived there over 30 years and never heard of any..wink

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    klarawieckposted 5 years ago

    We should have an a**hole festival here in South Florida! Just tell me where the next sinkhole is most likely to occur so I can send out the invitations with the exact location. big_smile

    1. Stacie L profile image86
      Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      yeah a street festival with free food will bring them out...big_smile wink

 
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