Sunday, June 25, 2017

Florida Sinkholes

Lately the local news has included daily reports of sinkholes opening in The Villages. Coming here from Iowa nearly five years ago, we didn't know anything about sinkholes other than hearing about the ones that swallow homes.

In Iowa the soil is mostly clay, so the water tends to lay on top of the ground. Here, where our homes are built on sand, the ground is porous. Water keeps falling and rinses away the rock below, like gypsum and limestone. That's when sinkholes open.

A sinkhole can be small...
At a Villages golf course
...right in front of your house...
This one is purportedly 30 feet deep!
... or at your favorite Ocala restaurant, where it takes your whole car!
 The couple got out safely.
(All sinkhole photos from

In April 2014 this 60-foot deep sinkhole appeared under the corner of a Villager's home, and part of the neighbor's driveway.

A mixture of sand and concrete was poured and poured and poured into the hole. 

I'm not sure I'd ever feel safe though.

Typically, sinkholes are what happens after a season of drought followed by several days of heavy rains. This is precisely how it's been around here. The recipe for perfect sinkholes.

The latest sinkhole was discovered yesterday. It's 20 feet deep.

This house is on the "historic" side of The Villages, the section that's the oldest, where The Villages first started. (I've also heard this area referred to as "Jurassic Park." 😂 )

I can't help but sometimes think about own house being swallowed-up. If it happens, I hope Dan is somewhere else, perhaps at yoga or teaching Tai Chi, and I'm somewhere quilting with quilty friends!

Speaking of quilt-y... there's a really cool Patriotic blog hop going on, sponsored by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.  It started a few days ago, on the company's Inspired by Fabric blog.

Patriotic Palette Blog Hop: Day 1
Patriotic Palette Blog Hop: Day 2

Each day there's a free project tutorial and a giveaway!
6/26: Elizabeth of OPQuilt (@occasionalpiecequilt)
6/30: Cindy Wiens of Live a Colorful Life (@liveacolorfullife)
7/3: Stephanie of Peas in a Pod (@stephiepeterson)
You'll want to follow along to see what eight designers (including me!) have made with this Painter's Palette Solids fabric bundle, and get eight chances to win the bundle for yourself! (USA only.)

Painter's Palette Solids are those solid fabrics I've recently discovered, and really appreciate for their beautiful hand and vibrant, run-free colors!

So, please return here on Thursday for my tutorial and giveaway! Linda


Debbie said...

Yikes about the sinkholes! Never good!

Oops-Lah said...

My gosh, you live in a dangerous place! I always associated sinkholes with mining and had to google sinkholes in Florida. Apparently they can appear anywhere and anytime and there's no way of really predicting them before they happen, at least not at the moment.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I would be able to sleep at night worrying about getting sucked into the earth, or the snakes that live within.
We have a lot of clay here. Thank God🌷

mascanlon said...

those are some scary images! But I think everywhere has some quirk of nature/weather to deal with. Love the solids Linda and look forward to seeing what you've come up with to share.

Susan said...

That would have me very nervous! Are they able to do surveys to test for the possibility?

Paige said...

Linda, so scary! Anticipating your patriotic design!

OPQuilt said...

Crazy scary!! Hey--can I steal/borrow your photo of the fabrics? Very cool! Can't wait to see yours!!

KaHolly said...

Here's hoping you don't grow a sink hole! That wouldn't be very much fun to have to deal with. Thanks for the heads up on the Patriotic Sew Along! I'll check it out right now!

Tish Stemple said...

Yikes! Sink holes scare me. We occasionally get them here.

Edith Bieri-Hanselmann said...

Dear Linda, thank you for this interesting blog post about sinking wholes. I didn't know that they exist. Whooo I sure would be afraid about them and I think you cannot do anything against it right?
So I sure prefer to live here in Switzerland :-)

Bluebell Ridge Handworks said...

Here in Virginia we have limestone and it can result in bad sinkholes, too. Many years ago a house in the next county over did get swallowed by a sinkhole. The family got out, but were not able to get any of their belongings, and their property was condemned. What a HUGE financial hardship on them.

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