SEFFNER, Fla. - Officials in Florida released video on Tuesday showing the initial inspection inside the sinkhole that swallowed and took the life of a Seffner man on February 28.
The video shows the view from a camera, looking down into the middle of the hole which formed in the bedroom of 37-year-old Jeff Bush.
In another development, neighbors who lived next to Bush have learned they are losing their homes, according to the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners.
The home occupied by Bush and his family at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner was deemed uninhabitable. The structure was torn down and the sinkhole filled in.
Two other families, at 238 Faithway and 242 Faithway, were asked to leave their homes so the properties could be examined due to the threat of continued sinkhole activity.
Geophysical tests have determined that the grounds were unstable and subsidence (sinkhole) activity was detected in the soil at both homes.
The remediation cost estimates would exceed 50 percent of both homes’ values after repair, and this qualified the properties as being fit for condemnation.
Because the homes are unfit for human habitation, the homeowners will have to permanently seek shelter elsewhere.
If the owners want to return to their homes to retrieve personal belongings, the board says engineering consultants suggest the residents arrange for a third-party engineer to determine if any further ground movement is detected.
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