Map predicting sinkhole-prone areas in works - WFLA News Channel 8

Map predicting sinkhole-prone areas in works

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State geologists are on their way to creating a statewide map showing where sinkholes are most likely to form. Last year, Florida got more than $1 million in federal funding for a three-year study. A pilot program in Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties ended in May.

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Professionals with the Florida Geological Survey visited about 230 locations, sampling and studying the land.

The Tampa Tribune reports that the fieldwork contributed to a "relative vulnerability" map that so far has proved 93 percent successful in the pilot area in predicting that sinkholes will form.

Related: Is your neighborhood prone to sinkholes?

The study will move to the statewide phase, with officials planning to hire additional geologists and to reach out to local governments.

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