SINKHOLE SWALLOWS FLORIDA HOME - The unthinkable happened at 10 p.m. Thursday evening in the Florida home of Jeremy Bush. Hearing what sounded like an automobile hitting his home, he soon discovered that the concrete floor collapsed and created a large sinkhole beneath one of the bedrooms. The sinkhole swallowed the entire room including the bed, dresser and his brother Jeffery.
Jeremy jumped in armed with a shovel and tried frantically to find a way to help his brother as he heard his cries for help. When rescue workers arrived and assessed the situation, they forcefully removed Jeremy from the hole, leaving his brother behind. Due to the instability of the situation and fearing for everyone’s safety Jeremy and his family as well as surrounding neighbors were evacuated.
Sinkholes are common in Florida, and this one hit in what is known as “sinkhole alley.” One of this size and magnitude of approximately 20 feet to 30 feet across and 30 feet deep is rare and extremely unpredictable. Add in the instability of the area and there is an increasing likelihood that it will get bigger Until the boundaries of the underground chasm can be found the area will remain untouched and no relief efforts will be made.
With monitor devices, the fire and rescue personnel were able to send a feed into the hole in hopes that Jeffery had found an air hole and somehow survived. Unfortunately their efforts were not rewarded and what began with hopes of rescue has now turned into a waiting game and a body recovery mission for responders and the family of Jeffery Bush.