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#257004 - 03/01/13 04:09 PM Sinkhole in Hillsborough County
Herman30 Offline

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 356
Loc: Finland

A man was missing early Friday after a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of a house near Tampa. His brother says the man screamed for help before he disappeared.


#257008 - 03/01/13 04:46 PM Re: Sinkhole in Hillsborough County [Re: Herman30]
ILBob Offline
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Registered: 02/05/10
Posts: 776
Loc: Northern IL
sounds like a B movie.
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#257011 - 03/01/13 05:07 PM Re: Sinkhole in Hillsborough County [Re: Herman30]
Tarzan Offline

Registered: 02/02/08
Posts: 146
Loc: Washington
Oh my gosh! That's horrible!! My prayers are for this man. I can not think of a more horrendous death than being swallowed up by a sinkhole in your own bedroom.
Except maybe waking up married to Mimi from the Drew Carey show.

#257031 - 03/02/13 03:44 AM Re: Sinkhole in Hillsborough County [Re: Herman30]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2196
Loc: Beer&Cheese country
Not sure how to prep for that. Imagine the nigtmares the surviving brother is going to have.

#257033 - 03/02/13 04:03 AM Re: Sinkhole in Hillsborough County [Re: Herman30]
Arney Offline

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
What can you do? I read in another article that an inspection was recently conducted of the property to obtain home owner's insurance. Signs of a sinkhole are something the inspector would likely have looked for since Florida state law requires that sinkhole damage is covered by insurance. I guess there weren't any obvious or imminent warning signs at that time.

Boy, what are the chances of a sinkhole opening up literally right under your bed, and collapsing so fast that you don't have time to get to safety? How awful.

#257039 - 03/02/13 05:14 AM Re: Sinkhole in Hillsborough County [Re: MDinana]
spuds Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
Posts: 822
Loc: SoCal Mtns
Originally Posted By: MDinana
Not sure how to prep for that.
Agreed,thats a truly unexpected occurrence.

#257040 - 03/02/13 05:15 AM Re: Sinkhole in Hillsborough County [Re: Herman30]
Phaedrus Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2667
Loc: Big Sky Country
Yeah, this is the kind of act of god it would be pretty hard to anticipate. So terrible.
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

#257050 - 03/02/13 03:36 PM Re: Sinkhole in Hillsborough County [Re: Phaedrus]
Slatu Offline

Registered: 11/20/11
Posts: 11
Loc: Central New England
I have a friend around Naples, FL (Collier County). He has a few acres, and about 300' from his house is a nice 30' diameter sinkhole and he didn't mow the lawn within 50'. This is more common down there than you'd think.

Edited by Slatu (03/02/13 03:37 PM)


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