SEFFNER, Fla. (WFLA) – The large hole that opened up in the ground in Seffner Friday, doesn’t appear to be growing Saturday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies.
Two homes were evacuated in Seffner on Friday night after the large hole opened up in the ground. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to 11918 Clay Pit Road at about 6:45 p.m. The new hole is just two miles from the site of a 2013 sinkhole tragedy. In that case, a sinkhole swallowed a home, killing a man inside.
On Friday, the Hillsborough County Rapid Response Team was called to the home around 6:45 p.m. Two homes were immediately evacuated as a safety precaution.
Lidia Freeman lives two houses away from the possible sinkhole and was surprised to see it, especially after just speaking with her family about moving. “I don’t know. We were just sitting at home wondering what would we do if we have to move,” Freeman told News Channel 8. “We’d have to pack our belongings and take off.”
The hole is estimated to be 22-feet wide by 27-feet deep, according to Jon-Paul Lavandeira, director of the Hillsborough County Rapid Response Team. “If it continues to open and the void grows and it gets into the foundation and footings, that is large. That is a significant issue,” Lavandeira, said.
Lavandeira said the homeowner told him he heard a loud noise and ran outside to see the massive hole.
“It’s just too close to home,” Freeman said.