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Seffner Sinkhole Claims Two More Victims

South Florida Information Access
U.S. Geological Survey

The sinkhole that opened up under a Seffner man’s bedroom killing him and leading to the home’s demolition has claimed two more victims.

Engineering consultants, hired by Hillsborough County, have examined two neighboring houses and concluded the soil under their foundations is unstable so those structures are susceptible to sinkholes as well.

Additionally, the experts determined that fixing the unstable ground would cost more than 50 percent of the homes’ value.

So, Hillsborough County condemned the homes at 242 and 238 Faithway Drive according to a memo from the county administrator to county commissioners. The memo also stated that the property owners have been given a copy of the Notice and Order of Condemnation.

And, if the property owners want to recover their possessions, they were told they should hire their own engineer to determine if there’s been any future ground movement.

The news release concluded with a statement that “… until a detailed After Action Report is completed, we are making no further statements to the press.”

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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