Sinkhole swarm, Florida, started Thursday June 16th, 2011.
Charles Driver is very familiar with the type of crime scene tape that surrounds Ed Dorsett Park in Tarpon Springs.
“I’m a retired corrections officer it brings a lot to mind when you see tape like that,” Driver said, recalling his days in law enforcement. “You think something really, really bad has happened which it has because the ground has opened up.”
Several depressions were spotted over the weekend on at park. Dips in the ground and cracks in the concrete on the facility’s softball diamond and tennis/basketball courts. Geologists say they all could be signs of up-coming sinkholes.
Earlier this week, two opened up not far from Dorsett Park on South Disston St., nearly swallowing up a woman’s home. The next day Driver’s children were playing near the park when starting noticing some strange sights.
“The kids heard the ground becoming unstable and they ran to the house,” Driver said. “I called the Tarpon PD.”
The recent developments have those in the neighborhood concerned. Thursday’s crevices also sucked up most of South Disston St. plus a tool shed.
Driver is thankful those sinkholes didn’t open up at Dorsett Park.
“There are 20 to 30 people out there every day. What if there were kids there when the ground gave way?” he said. “One can open while were standing here while we’re talking, were not sure exactly what’s going on.”
Until geological crews can get things sorted out the park will remain closed.
Shirley Samuel lives near the park and is keeping her fingers crossed that no more depressions show up.
“You never know from one day to the next,” Samuel said. “All we want is it to be looked at and taken care of as soon as possible to prevent as many disasters as possible.”
Crews will be on site Monday to investigate and fill in as many of the holes as possible.