Not far from a June sinkhole, a 55-foot-wide sinkhole appeared near Scott Lake in Lakeland on Friday, as captured in Sky 10 video.
This new sinkhole is in close proximity to a larger 75-foot-wide sinkhole that emerged back in June. County officials are referring to the recent one as a “depression,” and it seems stable for now.
Authorities have enlisted a private engineer, hired by the landowner, to assess the 12-foot-deep hole. A section of Scott Lake Road between Case Lane and Fitzgerald Road was temporarily closed but has since reopened.
During the previous sinkhole incident, Scott Lake Road at Fitzgerald Road had to be blocked off as workers used sand to prevent further expansion.
Sinkholes are not uncommon in Florida because much of the state is underlain by limestone bedrock. Slightly acidic groundwater slowly dissolves cavities and caves in the limestone, making the ground above vulnerable over time.
In 2018, The Lakeland Ledger reported that Scott Lake, like many Florida lakes, was initially formed by a sinkhole that later filled with water. In 2006, a sinkhole event caused the lake to lose a significant amount of water when one opened on its southern shore.
To find out more about sinkholes in Montgomery County, check the Polk County maps page.
Source: WTSP TV
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