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How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

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A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
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    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Geological Survey has compiled the following information about sinkholes.
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Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?

State geologists are creating a statewide map that will show where sinkholes are most likely to form. But, the study is expected to take about three years to complete.

There are some other options you can check out in the meantime.

The University of Florida has a county by county listing of maps that show sinkhole activity. The maps date back to 2008, so recent sinkholes will most likely not appear on the maps. You can check out the USF Sinkhole maps here

A Tampa-based company has a website called "Sinkhole Assistant" that helps inform homeowners about sinkholes in their neighborhood. Type in your address and it will let you know if there are any sinkholes nearby. However, you would have to purchase a report to get more information. Reports cost $19.99 and are available at a lesser cost when multiple reports are purchased.

The data comes from a variety of sources, according to the website. The sources include court clerk and permit public records, private organizations like engineering firms, sinkhole stabilization companies and sinkhole claim adjusting firms. Check out the sinkhole assistant website.

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