Press Release: Sinkhole Forces Condo Evacuations in Florida

Sinkhole Forces Condo Evacuations in Florida

July 11, 2010, Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting four families that were forced from their homes early this morning after a sinkhole opened up, swallowing a car and threatened condominiums of the Bordeaux Village Condos located at 12701 N 50th Street in Tampa.

Volunteers are providing emergency shelter for a total of 11 people after officials shut off all utilities to the building. Eleven of the 12 units were occupied when a sinkhole measuring approximately 20-feet wide and 20-feet deep opened up behind the building and directly under one of the resident’s cars. The car is completely submerged in the hole.

Officials shut off all power, water and other utilities fearing that the sinkhole could grow and further damage the structure of the building, and endangered the safety of the families.

Four families were provided lodging by the Red Cross to permit time for them to contact their insurance agents. The condominium’s homeowner’s association has called in crews to stabilize the sinkhole.

Within minutes after wrapping up casework with the clients affected by the sinkhole, volunteers were summoned to respond to a multi-unit fire at the Foxcroft Apartments located at 8702 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Two Disaster Action Teams are currently responding to the needs of up to eight units which have been damaged by the fire.

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