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#1 Hum

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 13:11

CLERMONT, FL (AP) — A sinkhole caused a section of a central Florida resort villa to partially collapse early Monday, while another section of the villa was sinking, authorities said.

About 30 percent of the three-story structure collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. The villa at the Summer Bay Resort had already been evacuated and no injuries were reported. Cuellar said authorities were also concerned about another section of the villa, which was sinking.

The sinkhole comes five months after one elsewhere in Florida killed a man.

Monday's sinkhole, which is in the middle of the villa, is about 40 to 50 feet in diameter, Cuellar said. He said authorities think it was getting deeper but couldn't tell early Monday if it was growing outward.

The villa houses 24 units and about 20 people were staying in it at the time, Cuellar said.

Authorities were called to the scene, about 10 miles west of Disney World, late Sunday where they found that the building was making popping sounds and windows were breaking.

A nearby villa was also evacuated as a precaution, Cuellar said.

Cuellar said there was a gas leak but the gas has since been shut off.

Witnesses told The Associated Press they could hear a cracking sound as the villa began sinking. A large crack was visible at the building's base.

 

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#2 Roger H.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 13:28

Guess no Florida vacation for me then. :no:

 

Glad everyone is ok though! (Y)



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 14:09

Fill the holes with concrete.



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 14:15

Guess no Florida vacation for me then. :no:

 

Glad everyone is ok though! (Y)

 

I'm supposed to go to Florida next spring. I'll stay at my uncle's house for one week. Should i ask for a geological testing just to be safe ?



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 14:37

^ I'd have on my rocket belt, just to be safe. :p



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 15:02

^ I'd have on my rocket belt, just to be safe. :p

 

Sadly i lost it after i quit The Skybreaker.



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 15:07

I wonder if this apart of the Gov'ts plan to get rid of Florida(duh)?  Top Secret Plan Codename: Sinkhole Sunshine



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:15

I think Florida is on my "do not visit anytime soon" list. 



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:16

I think Florida is on my "do not visit anytime soon" list.


What if you have family there :(

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:19

What if you have family there :(

I'm sure glad I don't. Do you?



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:23

I'm sure glad I don't. Do you?


Yes

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:24

is there any sinkhole sonar detector somewhere?



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:50

Yes

I doubt you really have anything to worry about. It's only isolated incidents at this time. But I would be a bit more concerned if I had family there.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:56

My dad grew up in Peckville/Scranton, PA.  He said when he was a kid the coal mines reached under the city and at one point a mine collapsed, taking an entire school yard with it.  (No one was in the school yard when it happened).  Florida is a completely different beast, of course.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 16:42

I'm sure glad I don't. Do you?

I do. :p