Family in narrow escape after sinkhole opens underneath home

Florida residents terrified as they watch house sink

Updated: 

A Florida family had a narrow escape when a sinkhole opened up underneath their house, swallowing up their furniture and possessions.

Ellen Miller and her husband watched as their home sank into the ground in Apopka, Orange County, after deep cracks opened up in the bathroom.

See also: Man gets leg stuck in New York sinkhole

See also: Bus in narrow miss as huge sinkhole opens up on road

She told WFTV that the bathtub started sinking and the window was coming loose.

She said: "I said, 'It's time to go'.

"We made it through the hurricane. We were really, really lucky, and then this.

"This is the only home I know. It's the only home my kids know."

She explained they would be staying with their daughter next door until they can work out what to do next.

Credits: NBC

NBC

Credits: NBC

NBC

Terrified man pulled to safety after getting entire leg stuck in sinkhole as he crossed busy junction

The sinkhole may have been a result of hurricane Irma, as they are more common after the extreme weather condition.

Dr. Manoj Chopra, a UCF engineering professor said: "When you have heavy rains, the chances of sinkholes up quite a bit."

Credits: NBC

NBC

Credits: NBC

NBC

At the end of August , a man had to be rescued by firefighters after getting his leg stuck in a sinkhole in New York as he walked down the street.

Steven Suarez was pushing a cart over a crossing in Brooklyn, New York when suddenly the ground gave way and swallowed his entire leg.

Steven said he was terrified as he remained trapped while traffic whizzed past him at the busy junction.

Earlier this summer , a sinkhole swallowed seven houses in Tampa, Florida, as a 260-ft wide crater opened up.

Homes in the suburban street were condemned as authorities desperately battled to stop the enormous hole advancing any further.

Is this Britain's most dangerous street?

Is this Britain's most dangerous street?


provided by