Massive sinkhole swallows Florida resort villa

August 13, 2013CLERMONT, Fla.  — An official at the Florida resort where a villa was partially swallowed into the ground says it doesn’t appear the sinkhole on the site is growing. Summer Bay Resort President Paul Caldwell told reporters during a news conference Tuesday that engineers examined the 100-foot sinkhole at Clermont resort and determined there’s no reason to believe it will grow. Caldwell says the resort remains open, but with three buildings still unoccupied. The resort is taking claims from guests staying in the collapsed building. Guests from two adjacent buildings that also were evacuated are being allowed in with escorts to retrieve possessions. On Monday, about a third of one 24-unit villa collapsed. Affected guests were evacuated, and no injuries were reported. The three-story villa was reported as a total loss. The first sign of trouble came about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Security guard Richard Shanley had just started his shift, and he heard what sounded like shouting from a building. A guest flagged him down to report that a window had blown out. Shanley reported it to management, and another window popped. The resort’s staff decided to evacuate the villa. Shanley said the building seemed to sink by 10 to 20 inches and banisters began to fall off the building as he ran up and down three floors trying to wake up guests. One couple with a baby on the third floor couldn’t get their door open and had to break a window to get out, he said. “It’s a scary situation,” said Shanley, who guests credited with saving lives by knocking on doors to awaken them. Inside, they heard what sounded like thunder and then the storm of water, as if it were a storm. Evacuation took about 10 to 15 minutes, according to staff and witnesses. Amy Jedele heard screams coming from one of the adjacent buildings around 10:30 p.m., and several minutes later, the sounds of sirens. She and her fiance, Darren Gade, went outside. “That’s when you could hear the pops and the metal, the concrete and the glass breaking,” she said. –Weather
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7 Responses to Massive sinkhole swallows Florida resort villa

  1. tellthetruth1 says:

    Only a couple of days ago, I saw a comment to the tune of: “This is not a world blessed by God any more.” I tend to believe it these days. The only thing left is for desperate prayer by His people as Jesus described in Luke that we should ask to be able to escape all these things and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:34-36.


  2. Irene C says:

    That must be horrifying. To work and save in order to take a nice vacation, only to have the ground give way from beneath you. The security guard who went from room to room to wake all the people up is a hero. As the building was crumbling, he risked his own life to make sure the people got out safely. However, I believe that Florida is doomed. It is all slowly sinking. Imagine, if this would have happened at the actual park.


  3. Deirdre says:

    This is just so parabolic (is that a word?). The house we are having fun in is splitting in half! hint, hint!
    Thank you for all your hard work here!


  4. Gypsy Worker says:

    Florida’s underground caverns of fresh spring waters depths are pumped out dry. Large industrial farms, municipal water suppliers, and bottled water company’s do the most damage. the billions of gallons of water removed is causing these sinkholes. Even as much of the area is surrounded by lakes, these are supplied by rain runoff and natural springs. These limestone caverns are 10’s of thousands of years old and are a goldmine for water companies reaping millions of dollars per year. Believe it or not these company’s pay no more than a 3 cents a gallon for this precious resource. They pay divers to locate these sources of underground rivers and setup below ground cameras to monitor these rich resources. They drill and tap easily anywhere the Water Authority allows. They are permitted but renewals are under the threat of job losses and tax revenue for the poorest of Florida’s counties.

    Zephyrhills, is a primary supplier of water in the nearby Tampa area. Strawberry farms and water bottlers pump millions of gallons a day. During hard frosts the berries are sprayed and during some of the driest Fl. winters, caverns are not replenished quickly enough. Many times sinkholes develop quickly. But do not put the blame squarely on farmers. land developers and multiple housing developments cause big issues. 80+ million people enjoy Florida, and excuse the pun, much is literally flushed down the sewer wasted onrecycled waste water irrigation methods that may pollute the water we are drinking there in the Sunshine State.


  5. Doccus says:

    Until this year, sinklholes were reported at a rate of around one PER YEAR, and now? Well, a whole lot more. Many of them seem to appear in areas where there is no geological reason to appear.. Severe flooding simply isn’t a sufficient answer either, as often the buildings right beside the one that collapsed are fine, with no evidence of ground movement whatsoever. There’s always those that say it’s no mystery at all, “perfectly natural” without offering a shred of scientific basis for their comment. I have a strong background in the scientific fields myself, but I am stumped…


  6. Moriah says:

    America better turn away from your obsession for materialism and entertainment. Someone’s trying to get your attention, know what I mean?


  7. I stayed at this resort for a week about 7 or 8 years ago. I know Florida is known for sinkholes, but this one just freaks me out!


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