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Predicting Sinkholes

Predicting Sinkholes

TAMPA (970 WFLA) -- Florida state geologists are in the middle of a groundbreaking project... designed to tell us where the ground is about to break.

"Clint Kromhout" with the Florida Geological Survey tells Newsradio 970 WFLA's AM Tampa Bay, they're gathering information the old-fashioned way, taking sinkhole reports from the public and reviewing maps that show depressions. Then they're analyzing that data, the way a doctor would analyze a patient's potential for illness.

Geologists are using a method called "weights of evidence" to analyze that data, and build a map showing where potential sinkholes could open up.

Kromhout hopes to have the state of Florida mapped before the end of next year. Inevitably, those maps are likely to become weapons in the ongoing battles between insurance companies and homeowners, over sinkhole repairs.


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