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)
Yes, 5 air miles, about 7 driving miles from Disney's Wild Kingdom Animal Park. Miles away.
Be careful of that big one there in the $800.00 canvas sneakers, it might "inhale" you.
Well played, Sir!
Can this happen in Washington? I will pray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Had they fracked the area, they might have saved the bldgs by reinforcing the substructure with hydrodynamic pressure.
- Paint Your Wagon, 1969
Me too. I was saying the whole place should sink. (:
I'll say an extra prayer that your home is destroyed soon too. Idiot.
I have had that fantasy.
Clermont’s within a few miles of the highest part of peninsular Florida... Our mountain range so to speak - - ‘Sugarloaf’ mountain is 300 feet above sea level and it’s near Clermont....
Would you get a refund if this was your timeshare?
Or would the maintenance fee skyrocket!!
Would you get a refund if this was your timeshare was in this building?
Or would the maintenance fee skyrocket!!
Down near Gainesville, Florida there is the Devil’s Millhopper. It is, I think 120 or so feet deep and has streams of water going down the sides and an itty bitty rain forest in the bottom of it.
That is in the middle of the Great Flatte Mountains of the Central Florida Cordillera.
Oh, I was joking. Relax.
you left out pythons which are a huge problem in the everglades now.
LOL... that was funny
I have been SO impressed with the peaches and plums and oranges this year. All that rain last fall and spring has really made a difference. Not only are they huge (which usually huge means bland), but they are SO tasty!
Bought half dozen mangoes peaches, plums, batch of strawberries and blueberries and had to go back the next day. Never had my family attack fruit like that, but once one kid heard the other moaning over it, they had to have one and on and on, LOL.
And the veggies too! The cucumbers are huge so flavorful! Squash and Zuchini.
The farmers market is my favorite place nowadays. Oh and don’t get me started on the MELONS!
Now, I had a garden in Georgia and there was nothing like it, I promise, but I also couldn’t some of the things I can get down here.
The same is true for New Orleans and everything south of Lake Pontchatrain. The Gulf WILL reclaim it. Everything below the continental shelf WILL erode.
Ahh, yes, Summer Bay Resort, party condo land for Gay Day 'participants' who are banned from the Walt Disney properties...
Glad no one was injured.
Agree, the fruits and veggies this year have been extra sweet, with jumbo blueberries. Banana production is in high gear in the back yard. Very pleased to say we planted a Florida peach tree last year, and the first crop was delightful this Spring.
Don’t forget 9 months of boating per year and year round fishing. Plus Busch Gardens 30 min.s and Orlando 90 min.s away. I have 2 pairs of pants and about 40 shorts, polos and golf shirts. It’s real nice reading about freezing weather when I’m in shorts with the windows open. But yeah, sinkholes and a corrupt state bureaucracy suck.
Yes, I am happy that no one was injured... it would be nice for things of a Biblical nature to be seen as a warning to those that would mock GOD. I do not want anyone hurt but that is not going to stop what GOD’s plans are and HIS word as written.
I had no idea that Disney banned anything dealing with homosexuals... except maybe public sex?