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Old 01-05-2016, 07:04 AM
 
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Hi all, I just want to know if sinkholes are an issue in Florida (particularly Orlando area) more so than other parts of the country? How does one deal with them or prevent them? This info is useful in looking for a new place to live. Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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They are very common in Florida, and yes, much more so than anywhere else in the country. How we deal with them? Well, sometimes, they fill up with water and we swim in them. I don't think one can really prevent them.
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:19 AM
 
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Hi all, I just want to know if sinkholes are an issue in Florida (particularly Orlando area) more so than other parts of the country? How does one deal with them or prevent them? This info is useful in looking for a new place to live. Thanks.
Sinkholes are a part of the topography of much of Florida, but sinkholes are most common north of Tampa/ Northwest of Orlando. Preventing them as an individual, not much can be done other than avoiding more common areas. The large amounts of water taken from the aquifer for agriculture, mining and residential contribute but sinkholes would happen even if no pressures on the aquifers, just part of life... Sort of like Earthquakes in California or lightning strikes. ( Gainesville/Ocala/Lake City area has some of the most lightning strikes in the world BTW)

Bit of trvia.. Alachua County, where Gainesville is located gets its name from the Spanishization of a native American(Timacuan) word for sinkhole: la chua.

Places like SW Florida, SE Florida, NE Florida, really the entire East coast of Florida and the Panhandle do not have the number of sinkholes as North Central and Central Florida. General rule of thumb in Florida if there are lots of lakes and or springs nearby more likely to have sinkholes. Do some reasearch on Karst topography:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karst

a starting point
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Where ever you decide to live in Florida, you will need home owners insurance with a mortgage. Ask if the policy covers sink holes and the deductible amount. Also when looking at homes, ask if the home is in a flood zone. If so, you will be required to also have a flood insurance policy.
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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Hi all, I just want to know if sinkholes are an issue in Florida (particularly Orlando area) more so than other parts of the country? How does one deal with them or prevent them? This info is useful in looking for a new place to live. Thanks.
In Orlando sinkholes are less likely south and east of the city.
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