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....
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!
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.
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.
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..