Seffner sinkhole: Two homes on either side of sinkhole are being demolished

Sinkhole swallowed Jeff Bush in February

SEFFNER, Fla. - Wrecking crews will begin demolition on two Seffner homes Wednesday morning that are located on either side of a deadly sinkhole.
 
The homes, located at 238 and 242 Faithway Drive, were evacuated in February and condemned April 1.
 
Jeff Bush lost his life on February 28 when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom.  Bush was swallowed up and could not be rescued by his brother who ran into the room to help him.  
 
Rescue crews lowered devices into the hole looking for any signs of life.  However, there weren't any.  Then, after engineers determined the home was not on stable enough ground to try and recover Bush's body, the home was demolished and the hole filled in turning the property into a makeshift graveyard.
 
"It is just going to finally be nice to have it over," said Vikki Brook, a neighbor who lives directly across from the tragic sight.
 
The families who lived in the homes adjacent to Bush's were allowed to retrieve some of their belongings.  Since being forced from their homes, a fence and caution tape have gone up preventing and warning people to not go near the property.
 
"I feel sorry for them," said Charles Hollaway, a neighbor.  "I grew up with them."
 
The fence has become a place for mourners to hang flowers and crosses.  The sidewalk has become a place for people to write their condolences.  The site has drawn national media along with spectators.
 
But for those in the area, the site has become hard to face.
 
"Honestly, I haven't done yard work in two months," Brook explained.
 
Brook said she wants normalcy to return to the neighborhood.
 
"We still have cars that drive by and stop and take pictures," she added.
 
Brook hopes the demolition will detour people from stopping and driving by.

Demolition will be conducted by II Meyer Corp, a private demolition company, and will be overseen by Hillsborough County Code Enforcement.  A long reach excavator and a backhoe excavator will be used for this work.  It is expected that this effort will go on through  Friday.

Faithway Drive to the north of the site and Devonwoode Place will be closed to traffic to allow heavy equipment and dump trucks to come and go from the site.

Engineers determined the homes cannot be saved after cost estimates indicated that repairs to the properties would exceed 50 percent of their value. The engineering tests conducted on the properties that lead to that determination included cone penetrometer tests, electrical surveys, and use of ground-penetrating radar.


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