Florida Sink Holes Destroying More Than Disney Resorts

posted by Jim Seerfar @ 0:55 AM
August 14, 2013

Sinking-Building-Resort-FloridaSwank resorts 10 miles from Florida’s Walt Disney World sank into a 60-foot-wide sinkhole this week causing guests to flee their rooms in fear. Some 36 people were evacuated from two structures as one sank into a 15 feet deep crater.

Those fleeing the main sinking building have probably lost all their belongings.  Safety officials in Summer Bay, the hotel’s town, said the swallowed structure is a total lost.  Some may be able to enter the second structure soon.

However, Manoj Chopra, engineering professor at the University of Central Florida, advises:  “I wouldn’t send anybody to the next structure over, or anybody to the whole area for a while [as] an open sinkhole may open other sinkholes.”

At least a third of the main three story structure collapsed into the sinkhole.  That building includes 24 units, and some 20 people were living there when the building started to crack and shake with windows blasting out.

Timothy F. Kirn writes in insurance journal.com that sinkholes have caused property insurance premiums in Florida toflorida-sinkhole-walt-disney-world steadily rise.  He says: “more houses are being built in Florida, so more houses might be on unstable land.

“When a house is found to be sitting on a sinkhole and its foundation is in danger, concrete has to be pumped into the hole to fill it and that process can cost $200,000.”  He also points out that farmers pumping out groundwater to preserve agriculture can cause sinkholes to open in some areas.

In fact in 2010, when strawberry growers and farmers pumped billions of gallons of water a day from a Florida aquifer to save their crops from a cold spell, it caused at least 30 home owners to lose their properties to resulting sinkholes.
Homes, fresh and well water loses came because Florida does not regular farmers.

Marc Lallanilla of LiveScience also points out: “Florida’s groundwater has been disappearing rapidly as the state’s population grows at breakneck speed: By 2015, Florida is expected to hit 20 million residents, making it the third-largest state.” New people use water putting pressure in aquifers and stabilizing limestone.

This will of course create even more sinkholes, as will the recent lack of rain fall in the state. Such drought, farmers preferred use of ground water, collapsing limestone and other bedrocks, and growing populations spell trouble for the state.

If only the people of Florida and the rest of the nation relied on Almighty God for their water.  As He promises in Christian prayer books:  “I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water (Isaiah 41: 18).” Time for prayer!

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