Skip to comments.Florida sinkhole swallows parts of resort near Disney World
Posted on 08/12/2013 5:38:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A 60-foot-wide sinkhole formed under a resort in central Florida late Sunday, forcing guests out of their rooms as one three-story building collapsed and another slowly sank.
Guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, about 10 minutes from Walt Disney World, called for help before the collapse, saying they heard loud noises and windows cracking. All guests inside the buildings -- an estimated 35 people, authorities said -- were evacuated before the first structure crumbled.
A roughly 15-foot-deep crater swallowed much of one building, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. Aerial video from CNN affiliate WFTV showed one end of the building -- which had held two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas -- still standing, but the rest reduced to a pile of debris.
The evacuation started after 10:30 p.m., when a guest told a security guard about a "window blowing out," said resort president Paul Caldwell....
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I hate when that happens....hate Florida too.
It’s swampland, isn’t it?
“near” Disney World. Miles away from Disney World.
Sounds like that security guard was on the ball - kudos for evacuating instead of telling everybody to shut up and go to bed.
Florida was just not meant to be populated by humans. We should have left it to the alligators and insects. Nothing but one giant festering swamp that will someday rejoin the Atlantic Ocean.
Nope. The problem is called Karst Topography. Search for it on the net.
Potlatch - Sleep at the Swamp
[Anyone who’s slept outside in a remote swamp/jungle area should know what it means.]
Places like Florida provide a valuable service. If people didn’t live there, the Rocky Mountains would be even more crowded.
I’ll remember your comments while enjoying my garden fresh vegetables, bananas, oranges, tangelos, grapefruit, strawberries, & blueberries after each round of golf and swim in the pool this winter.
I agree. Sink holes, swamps, alligators, coral snakes, mosquitos, canals along the side of roads that swallow cars.....
OK, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be busy hiking in the woods with my snowshoes. Then after I’m done, I’ll go to the Whole Foods and get some of your Florida produce which I will consume while sitting in front of a crackling fireplace!
Is someone going around Florida throwing stone tablets with scripture on it?
Would it be wrong to hope for a sink hole to eat the rainbow colored and simply fabulous disney world?
wow....black holes in space, sink holes in Florida, and ###holes in Marthas Vinyard
Karst topography occurs in a number of areas of the country. Just 30 miles west of where I live (western Wisconsin) is a part of southeastern Minnesota that is karst country. You can see sinkholes all over the area. But none are huge. Many have trees growing out of them. Lots of caves as well.
The area of Missouri south and west of Rolla is another area of Karst Topo. All you need is limestone and flowing ground water. (simplified example)