and Video Courtesy of WESH 2 NEWS
By Dave McDaniel
August 21, 2015
Six units of an Altamonte Springs apartment complex
were evacuated because of a possible sinkhole.
It opened up right next to a building at the Oasis at Pearl Lake
Crews are working to figure out exactly what happened
and how to fix it.
|"My friend's on the phone with
me, telling me she heard it on the news," said Joanne
Metz, who lives a couple buildings over.
Until she got that call, Metz said she was not aware
that there was a possible 10-by-10-foot sinkhole right
next to the building. She lives a couple buildings over
and was not one of the six units evacuated, but she is
still very concerned.
God, that's really close," said Metz.
It opened up Sunday afternoon. The sinkhole has not gotten bigger, and
has not caused any structural damage, but neighbors are still anxious.
|"It worried me like crazy that it's
right next to my building," said Daniel Bridegroom, a
"I'm ready to go in, take a shower get dressed, and leave
for a few hours and I want to know if I'm going to have a
home to come back to," Metz said.
A leasing agent said experts will guide the next move.
The city had power shut off for the six evacuated units,
just in case. It's also waiting on an expert analysis.
Officials put up a temporary fence to keep people
away from it as they evaluate what exactly it's going to take to fix it
once and for all.
One expert said the hole appears stable, and that it will be inspected
by the insurance company then filled with sand. If it doesn't sink any
more after 24 hours, residents will be allowed back in.