TALLAHASSEE, Florida — David Williams left his home at 1:45 p.m. to visit family last Monday. He says by the time 2:20 p.m. hit, it happened that quickly.
He received a call that a sinkhole had opened up across the street from his home. He figured it would be pretty minor, but came home to see his entire road was blocked off and the sinkhole was quite large.
“I never thought that I’d be worried about a sinkhole. Lo and behold, I come home and I was like, ‘Whoa.'”
MAP: Sinkhole distribution across state of Florida
Sinkhole forms in Madison, Florida. (Photo:
The sinkhole is located on Celosia Way off of Country Kitchen Road in Madison, Florida. Madison is a small town about an hour east of Tallahassee.
Geologists are now studying the hole as it continues to grow bigger. Celosia Way around Williams’ home is shut down, but he’s able to get in and out.
Even though the large hole is directly across the street, he says he has no plans on leaving his home, unless the cracks get closer.
Now the road department in Madison is calling on geologists to help. Last year, the Florida Geological Survey received a $1 million grant to study sinkholes. They finished the first phase of their study, which started in north Florida.
“We visited and confirmed a little over 200 sinkholes in the pilot study area,” said Alan Baker with the Florida Geological Survey.
In the pilot study, they learned that drought and heavy rainfall can cause cover collapse sinkholes to form. They develop fast and can be catastrophic.
“We will go statewide and we’ll make sure that they cover every county, find sinkholes and find things that look like sinkholes that aren’t sinkholes,” Baker said.
The geological survey take the information from their study and hand it over to emergency officials in each county. But, you can also have your area checked for sinkhole activity just in case.