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Second sinkhole has neighbors wonder if they are next

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SEFFNER, FL -

For the second time in under a week, a sinkhole has been discovered in Seffner, Fla.

The earth opened up between two homes in the 1200 block of Cedar Tree Lane, Monday afternoon.

The roughly 12-feet wide and 5-feet deep sinkhole did not cause any damage to the homes, but a fence dividing the properties was broken.

Ana Marie Serna owns one of the properties that the sinkhole is now straddling.  A neighbor called her with the bad news. "When see my house (sic), what happened?  Everybody over here.  He said, no, you have a problem with a sink hole," she said.

For Serna, the news isn't shocking. She remembers hearing about a filled in sinkhole the previous owners took care of. "For me no, estanya, no is strange because when live over here (sic), the hole is little," she said.

One resident living nearby says inspectors have told her family that her home sits over multiple sinkholes.

Laurie Goldstein lives in a home across the street from the latest sinkhole. She says she plans to give her house a thorough inspection. "Is it too close for comfort having it across the street? Yeah. Is my house gonna sink?  Yeah it's very, it's scary," she said.

Monday's sinkhole is less than 2 miles from where one opened last week - It killed Jeff Bush.

Hillsborough County officials say the two sinkholes are not geologically connected and did not impose an evacuation.

Sink holes have devoured a lot of land in Florida, a state with a susceptible limestone foundation and heavy development.

Hillsborough County officials will continue to monitor this sinkhole to see if it grows.

 

 

 

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