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Giant Sinkhole Devours Boulevard in Fla.

Anyone live near this????



A sinkhole opened beneath a road in central Florida on Saturday, swallowing four lanes of pavement and forcing the evacuation of 20 homes. Volusia County officials had been watching the hole since Monday, when collapsed asphalt was noticed on Howland Boulevard near Deltona High School. Workers were pumping a cement mixture under the damaged road when the hole formed.

"All of the sudden, they started feeling rumblings in the ground," said Robert Rogers, deputy chief of the fire department in Deltona, about 25 miles southwest of Daytona Beach.

The ground opened up, destroying all four lanes. The hole grew to 50 feet deep and at least 150 feet wide.

"It has not stabilized yet, so I'm sure its going to get a lot bigger," Rogers said.

The sinkhole also threatened to take down a major power line and forced authorities to evacuate 20 homes near the electrical wires. Residents in all but three houses were expected to return Saturday night.

One house was in imminent danger of falling into the hole, Rogers said.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-19-2004, 11:11 AM
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Wow, that's huge. No mention as to what caused this one.
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where's the ramp, I'll jump it with the Kat !!!
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where's the ramp, I'll jump it with the Kat !!!
LMFAO!!! OKay Mr. Cool Rider! :eyeroll:

ANYHOO... That is crazy!! It's amazing to see something like that. But crappy if you live near there. Especially since they would obviously have to reroute traffic.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-19-2004, 01:33 PM
 
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how'd that happen???
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Good question.

Too much rain and it made the ground underneath unstable?!?!?!?!?!? *shrugs*
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-19-2004, 03:46 PM
 
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how'd that happen???

The geology under most of florida is limestone formations. we have many underground rivers, streams and springs throughout Florida but there are a great many running east to west along hiway 40 between Daytona, through Ocala and over toward Homasassa Springs. When the water changes course, the old formation is left without the "hydraulics" holding it up and the surface collapses. It is a lot like when the ground subsides over abandoned mine shafts. (for those of you in coal country). They are as unpredictable as earthquakes and can appear virtually anywhere in an instant
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-20-2004, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you Bee. I thought I was just going to have to say it was a hole under the ground.
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