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Sinkhole Facts And Notable Florida Sinkholes

Every year in Florida, new sinkholes emerge, damaging property and changing the landscape of a neighborhood, sometimes even swallowing homes.

Finding a sinkhole on your property is certainly traumatic, but hopefully you will never experience the scope of some of Florida’s largest sinkholes:

  • Lake Jackson sinkhole — Opening in 1999, the sinkhole swallowed Lake Jackson’s water, fish and alligators, depositing them in the aquifer below in just a few days’ time. Lake Jackson is known as the disappearing lake as it has disappeared at least four times since 1907.
  • Blue Grotto is one of the largest cavities in Florida, reaching depths of 100 feet in places. It has been turned into a place for diving enthusiasts.
  • Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site — Formed when an underground cavern collapsed, this huge sinkhole is 120 feet deep.
  • Peacock Springs State Recreation Area — Sporting six sinkholes and numerous small sinks and depressions within a 252-acre area, Peacock Springs is actually an island formed over 1,000 years ago.
  • In 1981, a giant crater developed in Winter Park, Florida, swallowing a house, several cars, parts of two businesses, a community pool and a section of road, all within three days.
  • In May 2009, a large sinkhole swallowed a house in Spring Hill, Florida.

If you suspect a sinkhole on your property, call your insurer immediately. Should you experience any pushback from your insurer or suspect that your insurer is delaying or acting in bad faith, contact an attorney at Wells Law Group, P.A. Our firm has significant experience handling sinkhole claims. We will make sure you’re treated fairly and help ensure you recover the fullest extent of damages your policy will allow.

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