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Florida Karst Sinkhole Information

12215 Anne Kenia Drive, Thonotosassa, Hillsborough County, Florida

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Lake Shore Ranch Drive, Seffner, Hillsborough County, FL Sinkhole of March 23, 2013

Lake Shore Ranch Drive, Seffner, Hillsborough County, FL Sinkhole Scare of March 23, 2013


Lake Shore Ranch Drive, Seffner, Hillsborough County, Florida Sinkhole Area Map
1425/1427 Lake Shore Ranch Drive, Seffner, Hillsborough County, Florida Sinkhole Area Map - Click on Map for a Larger Map that you can Download

To view this location in Google Earth (GE), download this KMZ file. You must have GE installed to be able to load it up in Google Earth, or import it into a GIS program, like QGIS>.


I have created this map of the Karst sinkholes in Florida using ESRI ArcGIS 9.3. The sinkhole GIS data (depicted as yellow double-circles) is somewhat dated, and was downloaded from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection webpage about the Florida Geological Survey, Subsidence Incident Reports. The webpage a that link will prompt your for a valid email address, before you can download any GIS data about Karst Sinkholes, which they refer to as subsidence incidents.

The subject sinkhole of this webpage, in Seffner, was geographically created from a variety of sources, the local news for the description of the incident and Google Earth, to obtain the latitude and longitude of the sinkhole location. This data was then entered into a new ESRI shapefile that I specifically created to match the State's sinkhole shapefile, and brought into this map.







Florida Sinkhole Insurance

Florida Sinkhole Insurance


In January, 2011, Senate Bill 408, also known as SB 408, was signed into law. This law seems to impact the residents of Pasco and Hernando Counties, the hardest. If you have property in the areas of Florida that are susceptable to sinkholes, then you should review your Florida insurance policies and the Florida Sinkhole legislation, then contact your insurance agent for sinkhole coverage, or a sinkhole attorney.




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10/11/2018 01:05 AM
What is Sinkhole Insurance and What Does It Cover?
Florida Statute 627.706 requires every insurer authorized to sell property insurance in Florida to also provide coverage for catastrophic ground cover collapse. However, sinkhole damage may not be covered by your homeowner's insurance policy because the law defines sinkhole damage differently from catastrophic ground cover collapse.
10/08/2018 09:04 PM
Florida Sinkhole Insurance Facts | Earth Tech
Until 2007, sinkhole insurance coverage in Florida was very broad. In 2007, the Florida legislature passed Florida Statute 627.706, which requires insurance companies to provide all homeowners with coverage only for catastrophic ground cover collapse.
10/11/2018 09:40 AM
Find Sinkhole Insurance Savings in Florida | Trusted Choice
Find Sinkhole Insurance Savings in Florida Sinkholes, such as the one that swallowed part of a resort near Disney World in central Florida, are common in the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, many property owners discover their homeowners insurance policy does not cover sinkhole damage until it's too late.
10/13/2018 02:21 AM
What Does Sinkhole Insurance Cover? | Trusted Choice
In 2009, the average sinkhole claim cost Florida insurance companies over $86,000 for cracked driveways, walls, and foundations. In that year, insurance companies paid out over $97 million. People invest significant resources in their homes and vehicles.
10/11/2018 10:30 AM
What the Law Says About Sinkhole Insurance | Earth Tech
Insurance law in Florida states that a sinkhole claim must be paid only if there is structural damage that includes damage to the foundation, and it must exceed a certain variance in the building code. It must also cause the structural system to be unable to support the load or weight it was designed to support.
10/12/2018 12:49 AM
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Sinkholes? | Esurance
In Florida, however, home insurers are required by law to offer residents protection for "catastrophic ground cover collapse." Keep in mind, sinkholes don't always fall under that heading, so be sure to talk with your insurer if you live in this state.
10/11/2018 11:42 AM
Sinkhole Insurance - ValuePenguin
In some Florida counties with a history of sinkholes, an annual premium for sinkhole loss coverage can be more than $2,100. That’s more than the average homeowners insurance policy in the state ($1,991).
10/09/2018 11:26 PM
Sinkhole Page - Office of Insurance Regulation
Sinkholes. Florida has more sinkholes than any other state in the nation. Section 627.706(2)(a), Florida Statutes requires authorized insurers to cover catastrophic ground cover collapse, but damage, outside a catastrophic ground cover collapse, caused by a sinkhole may not be covered by your policy if it does not specifically include sinkhole coverage.
10/10/2018 10:27 PM
Sinkhole FAQ | Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The study was completed by the Florida State University Center for Insurance Research, under the direction of the Florida Department of Insurance. The report, Insurance Study of Sinkholes, was submitted to the department in December of 1992 and subsequently to the appropriate Legislative Committees.


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10/10/2018 08:26 PM
Helicon | Florida Sinkhole Repair Company
As a trusted geotech construction company in Florida, Helicon specializes in using the latest technology to repair your sinkhole, stabilize your soil or structure, and prevent future damage with pre-construction.
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Sinkhole Repair — Helicon | Florida Sinkhole Repair Company
As one of Florida's leading sinkhole repair companies, Helicon has successfully completed thousands of sinkhole repair projects in the state of Florida with a focus on the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, including the surrounding counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Citrus and Marion counties.
10/09/2018 09:14 AM
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Sinkhole Facts & Information
What are Sinkholes? A sinkhole can also be known to some as a sink, shake hole, swallow hole, swallet, or doline. A sinkhole typically is a natural depression or hole in the Earth's surface caused by karst processes — the chemical and rapid dissolution of carbonate rocks or processes for example in sandstone.
10/10/2018 03:32 PM
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10/12/2018 02:25 PM
Sinkhole.org - What to do If You Have a Sinkhole
Sinkhole.org provides information for homeowners with sinkholes so that they can determine if they might have a sinkhole and if they need their insurance company to come and investigate. Sinkholes are described in detail and many pictures of sink hole damage and sinkhole activity are provided to help homeowners understand their situation and determine what to do next.
10/12/2018 02:51 AM
Common Signs of Sinkholes With Pictures of Actual Damage
Sinkhole.org provides information for homeowners with sinkholes so that they can determine if they might have a sinkhole and if they need their insurance company to come and investigate. Sinkholes are described in detail and many pictures of sink hole damage and sinkhole activity are provided to help homeowners understand their situation and determine what to do next.
03/13/2013 07:53 PM
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The recent spate of sinkhole activity in Southwest Florida -- including a fatal sinkhole in Tampa earlier this month -- has shed light on the state's geologic anomaly. But how do sinkholes impact ...
10/10/2018 10:42 PM
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GIS and Karst Sinkholes - Useful Links

GIS and Karst Sinkholes - Useful Links


Several very good descriptions and sinkhole facts can be found on this external webspage: CNN Foundation Technologies - FAQ


How Sinkholes Form is a very informative webpage about sinkholes in Florida, it is hosted by the St. Johns River Water Management District.


Some local and state-wide GIS data can be found on the St. Johns River Water Management District's GIS Development Program.



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10/12/2018 12:28 AM
Sinkhole - Wikipedia
A sinkhole, also known as a cenote, sink, sink-hole, swallet, swallow hole, or doline (the different terms for sinkholes are often used interchangeably), is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer.Most are caused by karst processes—for example, the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks or suffosion processes.
02/12/2014 04:58 AM
Watch sinkhole swallow 8 Corvettes at museum - USA TODAY
Watch sinkhole swallow 8 Corvettes at museum. BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A sinkhole formed Wednesday under the National Corvette Museum here, swallowing eight cars, according to its executive director.
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Sinkhole collapse is one of the most prevalent maintenance issues in our karst region. These collapses have the potential to be very detrimental to our subsurface streams.
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About this Webpage

I enjoy working with GIS data and try to find new things to keep my skills honed with.

Within these pages, I am performing some GIS tasks about the Karst Sinkholes in Florida. After seeing the news about the 100 foot-side sinkhole that had opened up behind a house in Windermere, Florida, I decided to see what was available for historic sinkhole data and started developing this webpage, complete with a time-lapse video of the historic locations of the sinkholes.

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