At Least A Dozen Sinkholes Force Evacuations In Florida Neighbor - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

At Least A Dozen Sinkholes Force Evacuations In Florida Neighborhood

Posted: Updated:
OCALA, Florida -

At least a dozen sinkholes have opened up in a central Florida subdivision over the past week, enough to drain an entire retention pond and force the evacuation of eight nearby homes as a precaution.

"We've been dealing with so much, scared to death to lose our house right now," said one neighbor in Ocala.

Crews are using underground radar that penetrates 80 to 100 feet down to figure out a fix.

"It gets bigger every day.  How far is this going to get, how big is it going to get, and nobody is telling us anything," said Christina Carter, who moved to the area from Vermont last summer.

People who live in the community started to notice something strange last week -- what one resident called "water explosions" in a now-drained pond.

Ocala sits in a part of Florida known as "sinkhole alley," and it all has to do with what lies beneath.  It's a porous layer of limestone that groundwater can break down over time, causing the clay and dirt to give way and anything above to collapse.

"The soils and rocks have been there for millions of years," said David Wilshaw, a geologist.  "It's just that the development has come into the area.  What was previously just open pasture land is now heavily developed subdivision."

A worst-case scenario is that the sinkholes keep losing ground to the aquifer below, leaving open the possibility that they could continue to grow and eventually merge.

© 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.