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Sinkhole Found at Largo Mall

Firefighters discovered the 10-foot-long sinkhole Friday in the parking lot of the Largo Mall.

A sinkhole was discovered Friday in the Largo Mall parking lot, less than 24 hours after a sinkhole swallowed a man in his Hillsborough County bedroom, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The sinkhole was about 10 feet long and several feet wide, the newspaper reported, citing Largo Fire Chief Mike Wallace. No one was injured or fell in, and the hole was barricaded, according to the Times.

Thursday night, 36-year-old Jeffrey Bush fell into a sinkhole that opened up beneath his Seffner home as he slept, Brandon Patch reports. He had still not been found Saturday morning.

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Tina Marie March 02, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Got any pics? Are there any geologists reading this that can flll me in on the cause of these sinkholes?
David Vincent March 02, 2013 at 07:28 PM
We don't have ANy sink holes here in Largo just ask AAA South!. Durring TS Debby caused cracks in my house, cealings, my pool broke all its underground water lines, the deck dropped 6 inches! I am still fighting with them I live on the corner of Starkey and Park, AAA has sent out "inspectors and ground speclists" and decided though I had no problem before the storm the gorund has now "shifted and common problem herein Florida" and refusrd to pay the claim. FEMA and SBA in contrast determaned there was a sink hole and LOANED me the max amount of $13,000 for repairs the pool so far is at over $27K! Go Figure!!!!
Miriam Riley March 03, 2013 at 06:52 AM
here is a picture of the sink hole. http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2013/3/2/sinkhole_develops_in.html
Larry Browett March 03, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I hate to say it but because of the shape, I would almost bet that this is a drainage pipe problem, they have a larger one that has been getting bigger and bigger over in front of Albertson's out toward's Red Lobster for a long time that they have just been ignoring. We live behind Largo Mall in the subdivision behind Fuguitt Elementary and just had sink hole activity repaired. To David Vincent wait until it is time to get homeowners insurance, AAA will cancel you, Citizens will not take you and you will end up in the Surplus Market (Lloyds of London) with huge deductables, big premiums and nothing you can do about it.
Patricia Cox March 07, 2013 at 03:12 AM
I'm not a geologist, but it is caused by weak lime stone, shifting of the water table below the limestone, and very often those things combined with drought. That's why, in florida at least, February and March can be the worst months for sinkholes. Don't forget that ALL of Florida sits on a limestone, sand, and in some parts, clay mixture. And because the water table affects all of this, shifting is normal here.
Patricia Cox March 07, 2013 at 03:16 AM
I can't help but wonder if all of that construction on Ulmerton has something to do with all of this as well. Lots of big heavy machines on that road right now and the heavy car load on that road never ends either.
Woody Brown March 12, 2013 at 02:22 PM
FYI - This was a collapsed storm water drain in the Mall's private storm water collection system.

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