Sunday, September 10, 2017

Look for Sinkholes to Form After Hurricane Irma

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When heavy rains occur in Florida, it is not unusual for sinkholes to form. Given that Hurricane Irma is expected to bring several inches of rain over west central Florida in a relatively short time period, there will be significant added weight on top of the ground that could cause sinkhole formation. In addition, the rapid movement of water into the subsurface can induce sinkholes to form.

I know that this is not the news that is needed as Irma heads toward the sinkhole prone region of the state but it is worth keeping vigilant as the storm passes.

It is worth noting that there is a tremendous amount of funding available to study hazards like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. However, there is scant funding available to study sinkholes even though they cause millions of dollars of damage every year.

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