Breaking: A second worrisome sinkhole suddenly appeared in the Tampa area near the Florida sinkhole that presumably killed Jeff Bush last week. However, Hillsborough County authorities say the newly-discovered hole is not related to the one in Seffner.
Additionally, it lies between two homes and poses no danger to life and property at this time. Still, authorities are making plans to stabilize the area.
In comparison, the Florida sinkhole is about 30 feet wide and 60 feet deep.
Jeff Bush, 37, who recently moved in with his brother, Jeremy Bush, 36, and four others in Seffner, was asleep when the ground in his bedroom opened up last week. He screamed out and his brother ran into the room to investigate.
Shockingly, he saw that a sinkhole had formed in the entire bedroom and swallowed his brother and most of the room's contents. While he desperately tried to save his brother by jumping into the sinking hole, it was too late. Moments later, a Hillsborough County deputy arrived and pulled the frantic brother from the hole.
For days on end, rescue workers tried to rescue Jeff from the sinkhole at the Florida home. However, as time went by, hope waned and efforts to find the missing man were called off for safety reasons.
In an instant, the surviving five members in the family were displaced. However, thanks to the warmth and compassion from locals and people from around the country, donations were collected.
Although Florida has about 15,000 verified sinkholes in the state, only three fatalities have been recorded since 1954. Unlike the incident in Seffner, the majority of the time, the public is aware in advance.
Still, when a second sinkhole appears in the Tampa area while another still tops the news, it is worrisome.