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Seffner restaurant still under evaluation for possible sinkhole

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Engineers are still trying to determine whether a sinkhole has formed under Bob Evans restaurant off of Interstate 4 in Seffner.

They continued testing at the site Monday. Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Director Dexter Barge says private engineers hired by the restaurant began a new phase of tests Monday.

"Yesterday, they were primarily using GPR, which is ground penetrating radar, system for testing," said Barge. "Today, they were actually drilling down and taking test results."

Employees opening the restaurant Sunday noticed cracks in the walls and in the floor. Large cracks are also visible on the exterior of the Bob Evans. The bricks are also separating. After workers noticed the cracks, the restaurant did not open. It remained closed Monday evening.

Barge says it could take a few days for engineers to determine whether there is a sinkhole. In the meantime, Code Enforcement will monitor the property, as well as the surrounding area.

Barge says no other properties are affected.

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