Second sinkhole appears in Florida, three miles from deadly first

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  March 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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No one was hurt when the ground opened up under a backyard fence in Seffner, Fla., Monday, but the family who lives there told Tampa's ABC Action News that they're planning to move.

The hole opened up underneath the fence between two houses, one vacant, on Cedar Tree Lane. According to WFLA, there was no structural damage to the homes.

At roughly 10 feet deep, the second sinkhole is smaller than the one that appeared underneath the bedroom of 36-year-old Jeff Bush, presumed dead, who lived just three miles away in Brandon, Fla. Rescue workers are razing the house to see if they can find Bush's body in the sinkhole, estimated to be about 60 feet deep.

Hillsborough County spokesperson WIlliam Puz said that the second sinkhole wasn't "geologically linked" to the one that supposedly killed Bush.

Sinkholes are common in Hillsbourough County, dubbed "Sinkhole Alley," where limestone foundations and groundwater have made the soil vulnerable.

Cedar Tree Lane neighbor Laurie Goldstein told WFLA she's planning to have her house inspected.

"Is it too close for comfort having it across the street? Yeah. Is my house gonna sink?," Goldstein said. "It's scary."

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