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Fatal Florida sinkhole reopens two years after it swallowed Seffner man

In March 2013, a 20-foot-wide hole opened beneath the floor of a Florida man while he was sleeping and he disappeared. The body of Jeffrey Bush, 36, was never recovered.

His brother, Jeremy Bush, was in the house when it happened and tried to rescue his brother. Jeremy was rescued by authorities as the ground crumbled around him.

The family proceeded to rope off the house and filled the hole.  Officials razed the home and two nearby homes, according to NPR. That should have been the end of their worries.

However, on Wednesday, another sinkhole formed in the same spot. Wednesday morning nearby residents in Seffner, Fla. said that they heard a loud noise. A woman was walking her dog near the site and called 911.

According to the Director of Code Enforcement for Hillsborough County Ron Spiller, the hole is 17 feet wide and 20 feet deep, Associated Press reports.

“It’s hard to believe,” Jeremy Bush said. “It brings back memories. I think about it every day. There ain’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about it.”

Hillsborough County officials said that the hole may have opened due to the recent heavy rains and that this sort of thing is common, CBS News reports. Sinkholes form when acidic water, like rain, dissolves the rock bed beneath the earth’s surface. Voids are created, and when the ground collapses a sinkhole appears.

The lot on which the new sinkhole is located is empty and is surrounded by a metal fence. The hole was not visible on the ground level, but aerial photos reveal the hole.

There are no injuries associated with Wednesday’s collapse, but residents were reminded of the tragedy their neighborhood endured two years ago. Spiller said that everyone in the neighborhood is safe. “What happened today is exactly what was designed to happen,” Spiller said.

Spiller added that the hole has been assessed by engineers and that a plan of action will be created soon.

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