LIVE OAK, FLA., JUNE 30, 2023 – With the recent heavy rainfall across the District following the prolonged dry period, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is wanting to ensure local residents are educated about the potential for sinkholes in Florida.
Due to the underlying limestone in Florida’s geology, sinkholes are a common feature of our landscape. Sinkholes are one of many kinds of karst landforms, which also includes caves, disappearing streams and rivers, and springs.
When rainfall moves down through the soil, it becomes acidic and dissolves this carbonate rock and can create underground spaces and caverns. This creates a Swiss cheese effect underground.
While natural, sinkholes can be problematic because the land usually stays intact for a period of time until the underground spaces become large in size. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces, then a gradual or sudden collapse of the land surface can occur, causing a sinkhole.
Rainfall can intensify the formation of sinkholes when it is preceded by a prolonged dry period.
But what should you do if you suspect a new sinkhole could be forming in your yard or on your property? While each situation is unique, here are some things to remember:
Sinkholes give us a glimpse into the underground aspects of Florida’s geology – allowing us to better understand the unique nature of our resource. Interested in checking out a sinkhole? The District has many sinkholes on its properties for visitors to observe.
The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.
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