Sinkhole causes resort building to partially collapse

Sinkhole causes resort building to partially collapse

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Clermont, Florida-The owner of a Central Florida resort says he will ask his insurance company for guidance on clean up after a sinkhole destroyed a villa. He says 6 to 10 holes will be filled with cement on Tuesday. Many vacationers are ready to go home after the disaster.


Debbie Ward was soaking in a bath, when all of a sudden a sinkhole opened, causing this building at Summer Bay Resort to collapse, "I was in the tub when the boom went off and the tub literally popped up and came down."  She and her sister thought it was an earthquake, but when they were told that it wasn't. Debbie had a sinking feeling, "And when I got out we started to try to gather stuff because we could hear the cracking and the ceiling and glass breaking and we decided to get out as soon as possible. " She grabbed her nephews, as well as her wallet and car keys, "When we got out we started screaming at people to get out of the building because it was coming down."


Geotechnical engineers have been drilling to see if the land has stabilized. The sinkhole has a diameter of 100 feet and is 15 feet deep. The owner, Paul Caldwell, says one building was destroyed. 105 people were evacuated, "Whether or not we will be able to build those units there in that another question. We will replace those 24 units we have a couple of hundred acres left for development."


Most everything they came with, such as computers and clothes were wrecked in the rubble, "Red Cross came so we can buy money to go and buy clothes because we don't have anything."  They've been placed into another room on property, "We're going to hopefully sleep because we didn't get any sleep last night. We were out on the road till 2 o'clock last night and then they put us in the hotel."


Despite the disaster, this family, who is from New Hampshire, says they would come back again, "It's nature at it's best or worst. You can't control nature."


Two other buildings were also evacuated as a precaution. Caldwell says his next update will be at 7am on Tuesday.

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