Officials say land around sinkhole is very unstable - FOX 13 News

Officials say land around sinkhole is very unstable

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Crews have been working around the clock in this Seffner neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed up a man late Thursday. Crews have been working around the clock in this Seffner neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed up a man late Thursday.
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Early Saturday officials said the Seffner sinkhole situation had gone from bad to worse.

During a late morning news conference it was revealed that another residence on Faithway Dr. had been impacted by the underground crevice.

"The green house is also compromised by the sinkhole," Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Ronnie Rivera explained.

The family living there was given less than one hour to remove their valuables. Just before noon the residents were escorted by HCFR personnel into the home. They came out carrying boxes of items contained with memories.

Saturday's news was yet another fearful reminder that the sinkhole is unstable and still growing.

Jeremy Bush, still dealing with the loss of his brother Jeff, says he feels his neighbor's pain.

"I feel sorry for them they had to evacuate their house," Bush said. "It's in jeopardy."

The cream-colored home to the right of the home Bush was in is also in danger. Those residents have also been instructed to pack up and vacant.

The evacuations have many in the Seffner neighborhood wondering just how big the underground chasm might be.

Soil testing continued through much of the day as crews worked to try and determine what steps to take next. The sinkhole is at least 30 feet by 30 feet inside Leland Wicker's home.

"I'm just sad something like this would happen," Wicker said. "I never figured anything like this would happen in a million years."

Jeremy Bush was getting ready for bed Thursday night when he heard Jeff's screams for help.

"[I] feel like I'm still sleeping, it's not real," Bush added. "Who would think you would get up and see a big hole in the floor and your brother in the hole?"

During a late afternoon press conference Hillsborough County officials said the recovery effort had ended. Demolition of Wicker's home is expected to start early Sunday.

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