Sinkhole Opens Near Lake Miccosukee

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UPDATED By Candace Sweat 11/01 at 7:00pm

A local Jefferson County family enjoys their life on the farm. And they absolutely love the sound of the waterfall in their backyard. But the waterfall hasn't always been there. In fact, it happens to be the most recent addition to the farm.

"We heard water running for a couple of weeks and decided to take a walk and see if we could find anything or where the water was coming from and found a sinkhole," Doyle Enfinger.

A spokesperson from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the hole is nearly 30 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

Water from the Miccosukee Lake is pouring into the hole, and the levels are about two feet lower than normal. In certain sections people can even walk on what was once the lake's bottom. But experts say at this point there's no reason to panic.

"The reason that the lake is low right now is because is not because its been sinking away. Some of it does naturally filter though the sand bottom, but most of it has gone away because of evaporation," said FWC Spokesperson, Tony Young.

Young says sink holes are quite common, especially in October which happens to be Florida's driest month of the year.

But even with much of Lake Miccosukee draining into the hole, Young says right now it's simply something to marvel at, not something that should create mayhem.

Young says there's a patch of sand somewhere between the lake and the sinkhole. Once the water level evens with that sand it will stop flowing into the hole.
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The 25-yard wide sink hole opened up near the southwest end of Lake Miccosukee.

Water from the lake is pouring into the sinkhole, and people who have seen the hole say the walls are about 15 feet deep on one side and 30 on another.

One local resident sees an up side to this sinkhole. "It's mother nature doing her thing, It's the best thing that could happen to this lake. Now she can dry up and come back a better lake," said Robert Daniels, a retired Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer.

Robert Daniels also stressed the importance of safety when observing the hole. He says to make sure to go with people, and not to go inside if you don't have people to help you get out.

A handful of people at the sinkhole trekked through the mud to see how big it is.



 
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