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UPDATE: Sinkhole swallows Seffner man; feared dead
heraldtribune.com ^ | March 1, 2013 | AP

Posted on 03/01/2013 7:47:52 AM PST by BlatherNaut

BRANDON - A man was missing and feared dead early Friday after a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of a Seffner house and his brother says the man screamed for help before he disappeared.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldtribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: brandon; fl; florida; sinkhole

1 posted on 03/01/2013 7:48:02 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

When posting an article, one should assume that others need some of the essential details that YOU might take for granted.

Such as..... Seffner is a town near TAMPA, FLORIDA.

Thanks for posting the article. Makes me wonder what would go through one’s mind during such an incident.


2 posted on 03/01/2013 7:58:11 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: BlatherNaut; NautiNurse; MinuteGal; Joe Brower
Oh, poor guy. The hazards of FL extend beyond hurricanes, alligators, pythons, and giant snails.

"Damico said that at the surface, she estimates the sinkhole is about 30 feet across but officials say the sinkhole spreads to about 100 feet across below the surface. Authorities were waiting for an engineering crew to bring monitoring equipment to determine the borders of the sinkhole, she said.

No info about the depth...

I'm thinking about the sinkhole at UF's Reitz Union ("duckpond"). Odd thing is, they knew the sinkhole was there when Reitz was planned.

3 posted on 03/01/2013 8:00:18 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: cyn

I don’t think that link means what you think it means...


4 posted on 03/01/2013 8:02:52 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void
// Informal meetings to consider a new student union began in 1948. In 1952, the New Union Planning Committee was created. After a brief hiatus, the committee was recreated in 1956 and chose a site by a campus sinkhole for the location of the new union. In 1962, the Florida Development Commission appropriated money to begin designs and construction. Groundbreaking occurred in 1964 and the new student union was completed in 1967. It was named in honor of J. Wayne Reitz, the university's fifth president. //
5 posted on 03/01/2013 8:06:02 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: cyn

Hmmm. I’m gonna plead testosterone blindness on this one.


6 posted on 03/01/2013 8:10:35 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

Here’s more info: http://www.facilities.ufl.edu/planning/calm/plans/greenpond_NZ/green_pond.pdf

with photos showing view from the student union and “wilderness” views.

I’ll let more Gators chime in; work had to be done (biting my tongue) but that was after my time.


7 posted on 03/01/2013 8:14:49 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: cyn

Remember this one?

http://sinkholereport.com/winter-park-sinkhole-swallows-porsche-dealership


8 posted on 03/01/2013 8:16:10 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: shove_it

Oooo! Thanks!


9 posted on 03/01/2013 8:19:29 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: cyn

Oooo! Thanks! (still blind, responded to shove-it’s post thinking it was you, testosterone and no caffeine, yeah, that’s the ticket...)


10 posted on 03/01/2013 8:21:36 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: shove_it

Although yours was pretty kewl too...


11 posted on 03/01/2013 8:23:43 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void; Ezekiel
Haha, maybe that's why they built ... I sure hope some later Gators come by here, I cannot find what I'm looking for re: what it takes to fill in/stabilize a sinkhole... like any info vanished into a dark hole itself!

Here's more info, scroll down to "caves":

UF Myths and Legends: Did you know the stadium was built in a sinkhole??

Campus is gutted with sinkholes, he said. The Green Pond at the Reitz Union is one, and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is built on another.

"In 1930, when they were looking for a place to put the stadium, they said, ?Hey, that's a nice bowl,'" Van Ness said. "That's why all the lower seats are at ground level."

Van Ness said a freshwater spring is under the east stands of The Swamp. It was channeled into a nearby creek on campus. It's still flowing today, he added.

So, when we say "The Swamp", we really MEAN "the swamp"!

12 posted on 03/01/2013 8:25:28 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: shove_it
Oh, yeah, that's a good one, now known as Lake Rose! Final size was 350' by ~ 80' deep. Then, and NOW.

Goes to show the hardship facing the Seffner neighborhood and especially the family of that poor man. What a precipitous event, literally, sinking sand. Remembering warnings...

13 posted on 03/01/2013 8:40:54 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: null and void
Depth:


14 posted on 03/01/2013 8:43:12 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: cyn

I don’t remember anyone loosing their life in a Florida sinkhole before. But I sure mourned all those crumpled Porches presumably now at the bottom of Lake Rose.


15 posted on 03/01/2013 8:48:11 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: cyn
That's a deep one! But not as deep as this!


16 posted on 03/01/2013 8:48:48 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: shove_it
Here's more info -- see #4. I'd read 5, not 3 cars, though.

OK, here's a portion, because it is SO crazy wild:

"I also believe police left on site to guard the sinkhole during the day/night it was opening and expanding, reported that water levels rose in the sink, then multiple times, the sink "flushed" itself just like a giant toilet. Trees and things would plug up the hole, then manage to pass through and all the accumulated water went underground... [what an image!!!!!]

Another one I always enjoyed involved a sinkhole in a road, which swallowed a car. A cop was behind the car and suddenly noticed the lights disappeared (it was at night). He then found the car sitting in a sinkhole. I believe everyone was fine but I could be wrong. Anyways, as they are getting the person out and keeping traffic stopped, someone notices pine trees across the road getting shorter and shorter. Much larger sinkhole was opening over there, andit was like a huge circle sunk 20-40 feet (I forget the exact depth)."


17 posted on 03/01/2013 9:02:33 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: COBOL2Java

wow, fits! maybe all those sad sick sacrifices will stabilize the yawning chasm ... at some point, PLEASE LORD.


18 posted on 03/01/2013 9:08:39 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: null and void

that is of sinkhole in Guatemala, btw; thought to extend down maybe 300’.


19 posted on 03/01/2013 9:16:48 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: BlatherNaut; cyn

Here’s an update with a link to vid interview of brother who tried to rescue his brother from the sinkhole under the house:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/01/173225027/sinkhole-swallows-sleeping-man-in-florida


20 posted on 03/01/2013 9:28:13 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: shove_it

I do. I lived mere blocks away.
To This day I have a photo of it hanging on my office wall.
When I saw this thread I immediately thought of it.

Thanks for posting the link.


21 posted on 03/01/2013 10:15:35 AM PST by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: cyn

It was 2 Porsche and a Pickup with a camper in the bed. The Blue Porsche was recovered mostly undamaged, the White one had it’s nose crushed. and the PU was intact.

The lot owner had a crane retrieve the vehicles and had to get a 1Mill insurance policy to cover the work.

Like I said to Shove It, I have an original photo at my desk. I can clearly see the vehicles.

At the time, I lived off Fairbanks Ave just a few blocks away.


22 posted on 03/01/2013 10:34:01 AM PST by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: BlatherNaut

I’m guessing this is a house built on a slab?


23 posted on 03/01/2013 10:50:00 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: jonno

They generally are down there (water table too high for cellars).


24 posted on 03/01/2013 10:57:39 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: shove_it

Horrible.

Lived in Tampa for several years. My house was hit by lightening once, causing a fire, and another time a tree fell over on the roof. Didn’t realize it could have been swallowed up by a sinkhole!


25 posted on 03/01/2013 11:06:26 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

Dreadful. Prayers for the poor soul.


26 posted on 03/01/2013 11:50:04 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Amen.


27 posted on 03/01/2013 11:54:44 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: Delmarksman

I owned a Porsche back in those days and shuddered at the pics of those beautiful cars in the crater of that sinkhole. I searched but could not find a clear shot of them to post here today.


28 posted on 03/01/2013 11:58:13 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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