Seffner sinkhole displaces residents


SEFFNER, Fla. (WFLA) – Several people are out of their homes due to a gigantic sinkhole that opened up in Seffner on Friday night.

It was a busy morning for Jennifer Torres and her four other family members as they scrambled to gather belongings from their Seffner home after evacuating on Friday night.

PHOTOS: Seffner sinkhole displaces residents

“We are packing what clothes we have left, blankets, pillows, pictures,” said Torres.

A gigantic sinkhole emerged right outside their home, just off Peach Avenue and Clay Pitt Road, measuring in at 22 feet wide and 27 feet deep as of Friday night.

“We got over here and we looked out in our backyard and all I see is this big old hole!” said Torres.

The sinkhole is located on private land between two properties, which means the homeowners are responsible for dealing with the mess, not Hillsborough County, although officials are still keeping a close eye on the situation.

“Fortunately, it seems to be going in the same direction we saw last night, in a sense, the footprint is in where we thought it would be, so that’s kind of in our favor,” said John-Paul Lavandeira, director of the HCSO Rapid Response Team.

The American Red Cross has offered to assist the displaced families.

Geological experts are expected to survey the sinkhole on Saturday in order to determine the next course of action. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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