SEFFNER, Florida — Engineers have started to fill in a sinkhole near Tampa that reopened two years after it swallowed and killed a man while he was sleeping in his home.
This March 2013 photo shows the sinkhole located at 240 Faithway Dr. in Seffner, Fla. On Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 19, 2015 a 17-foot wide and 20-foot deep sinkhole had formed in exactly the same place where a man was swallowed by the earth in while sleeping 2013. Hillsborough County officials said it's likely the hole opened because of all the recent rains and that such activity isn't uncommon. (Luis Santana/The Tampa Bay Times via AP) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
Crews could be seen spraying water into the hole Thursday morning before dumping gravel inside the 20-foot deep hole. Officials say they believe the onslaught of heavy rains in the past month caused hydraulic stress on the patched sinkhole.
In March 2013, Jeffrey Bush was asleep in his bedroom on the property when the floor collapsed and he fell in. His body was never recovered.
Florida is highly prone to sinkholes because there are caverns below ground of limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water.
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