Missing Florida Man Swallowed And Consumed By Sinkhole
The laws of nature can sometimes be fatal….
According to USA Today:
Crews with heavy equipment on Sunday began the demolition of a Florida home over a huge sinkhole where a man is presumed dead after being swallowed by the earth. The search for Jeff Bush, 37, was called off Saturday, and a heavy machine with a large bucket scoop was moved into position Sunday. Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said he had talked to the Bush family on Sunday. Crews, Merrill said, would try their best to move the structure forward, toward the street, so the family can briefly enter to get belongings.
“We don’t know, in fact, whether it will collapse or whether it will hold up,” he said. He said crews’ goal for Sunday is to knock down the house, and on Monday they will clear the debris as much as possible to allow officials and engineers to see the sinkhole in the open. On Saturday, Jessica Damico, spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, said the sinkhole could stretch to as much as 100 feet across directly beneath the surface and plummet up to 60 feet deep into the earth.
Bush, 37, was in his bedroom in the one-story home on Faithview Drive in Seffner, Fla., at about 11 p.m. Thursday when the sinkhole yawned directly under him, taking him, his bed and the rest of his bedroom furniture as well, Damico said. His brother jumped into the hole to try to save Bush but had to be rescued himself by a sheriff’s deputy. Five other residents, including a small child, made it out of the home unharmed, Damico said. Bush could not be rescued and is presumed dead.
Two adjoining houses — one on either side of Bush’s — were evacuated by rescue workers. Sinkholes are common in Florida, but it’s rare when one opens up under a home and takes a person with it, Damico said. “I can’t think of anywhere in the country where this has happened before,” she said. “This is very unique.” Florida is highly prone to sinkholes because there are caverns below ground of limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water. “You can almost envision a piece of Swiss cheese,” said Taylor Yarkosky, a sinkhole expert from Brooksville, Fla. “Any house in Florida could be in that same situation.”
Wow. Crazy…and for those of you unsure of what sinkholes are exactly…via Merriam-Webster:
Depression formed as underlying limestone bedrock is dissolved by groundwater. Sinkholes vary greatly in area and depth and may be very large. The two main varieties are those caused by the collapse of a cavern roof, and those caused by the gradual dissolving of rock under a soil mantle. Collapsed sinkholes generally have steep rock sides and may receive streams that then flow underground. Soil-mantled sinkholes are generally shallower; they may become clogged with clay and hold a small lake.