SEFFNER -- Hillsborough County crews began filling in the sinkhole today at the same site where a 2013 sinkhole swallowed up a home and a man inside.
The sinkhole reopened Wednesday morning at the site on Faithway Drive, growing to 17 feet wide and at least 20 feet deep.
A crew of about a dozen workers from Ardaman and Associates engineering began filling in the hole about 8 a.m. Seven trucks filled with gravel were driven to the scene, along with a front-end loader dumping 120 tons of gravel into the hole. Water is being poured in to settle the gravel.
Code enforcement officials said repairs may be done by the end of the day.
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A new sinkhole opened up Wednesday at the site where a Seffner man sleeping in his bedroom was swallowed to his death in 2013. Authorities said it's at least 17 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
"We've taken immediate action to fill the hole up and get it back to the way it was a couple of days ago," said Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Director Ron Spiller. "First and most important is for everyone in the neighborhood to know they're safe and that this is being addressed right away."
Inspections determined Wednesday that heavy rain during the last few weeks induced stress on the land. This caused a new hole that is 17 feet wide and 20 feet deep to form.
As expected, this hole formed in exactly the same place as the sinkhole which opened in February 2013. Officials said it is possible the hole could reopen in the future. A similar repair would then take place again.