Sinkholes like Wednesday's in Spring Hill nothing new in Hernando County

SEPT. 10, 1993: State Road 50, the major east-west artery across Hernando County, is closed for days after a 20-foot-deep, 30-foot-wide sinkhole collapses two lanes of the highway just west of Sunshine Grove Road.

MAY 11, 1994: Lake Campbell, south of Brooksville, disappears after two sinkholes open and drain the 5-acre lake east of Culbreath Road near the Pasco County line.

SEPT. 12, 1995: More than a dozen sinkholes, some 20 feet deep, open near Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill after a night of heavy rain.

JUNE 17, 1996: Arnold and Beverly Larsen of Captain Road in Spring Hill lose their front lawn and driveway to a 40-foot-wide, 35-foot-deep sinkhole.

MARCH 23, 1998: A sinkhole 10 feet deep and 21 feet across opens near Mariner Boulevard just north of Spring Hill Drive. County officials close the busy road when the hole swallows part of the northbound lane.

APRIL 18, 1998: One of the largest sinkholes ever recorded in Hernando County gobbles up a 1,100-square-foot extension of Handy TV Sales and Service on Linden Drive in Spring Hill. The hole is estimated to be 150 feet across and 80 feet deep.

AUG. 2, 2000: Four years after a sinkhole devoured their lawn and driveway, the Larsens of Captain Street are hit again. This time, a hole 20 feet deep and 30 feet wide opens alongside their pool.

JULY 12, 2001: More than 30 sinkholes are reported near Mariner Boulevard from Marysville to Maderia streets, one of which partially drops a Marysville Street home into the ground. The largest hole is measured at 60 feet across and 80 feet deep.

JUNE 16, 2002: Delores Kalimanis of Lake Forest Avenue near Mariner Boulevard wakes to find a sinkhole 40 feet wide and 50 feet deep in a retention area near her back yard. It's one of nine holes that open in the area.

JUNE 20, 2002: The 13th hole at Seven Hills Golf Club becomes even more challenging when 13 sinkholes, some as wide as 14 feet, open in an adjacent retention area.

JULY 5, 2002: After heavy rains, dozens of sinkhole reports pour into county offices. One near Kass Circle in Spring Hill is 25 feet wide and 6 feet deep; another on Garmisch Way south of Brooksville is 20 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep.

MARCH 3, 2006: Six sinkholes open near Cobblestone Drive and Toledo Road in Spring Hill, threatening 10 homes and gobbling the back end of a cement truck. The holes range from 30 to 40 feet across and up to 15 feet deep.

JULY 17, 2008: Four sinkholes open in a retention pond on Curry Drive west of Mariner Boulevard and north of Elgin Boulevard, the largest about 40 feet across and 15 feet deep.

MAY 6, 2009: A sinkhole estimated at 40 feet across and 15 feet deep drops the garage and front part of Jim and Joan Bates' home on Orchard Park Drive west of Mariner Boulevard and north of Spring Hill Drive.

Sinkholes like Wednesday's in Spring Hill nothing new in Hernando County 05/07/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 7, 2009 8:46pm]

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