Monday, March 4, 2013

Blue Monday - Blue House Sinkihole

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Today my Blue report is sad.You may have seen this story on the news.

This past week,  a tragedy happened about thirty miles from my home--in Seffner, Florida when a sinkhole opened up inside the Blue house pictured. A thirty-six-year-old man was in his bed when the ground below swallowed him along with his bed and the entire room! 

When his brother, in the next room, heard a loud noise, he hurried to help; however, only a corner of the mattress showed. Emergency workers were called, but no trace of the man was ever found. He is presumed dead. The outside of the house appears normal. No cracks or soft spots in the ground. Meanwhile, the sinkhole keeps enlarging.

The remaining members of the family escaped unharmed. The houses on either side have been temporary declared unsafe, and their families have now moved out. 

Sunday morning, the Blue house was deemed unsafe, and as of this report, has been partially destroyed. The crane operator took great care to save some items for the family. (A picture of grandparents, the family Bible, some toys, some clothing...) Tomorrow, the demolition will be completed. There are more photos at Eyewitness News. 

I'm inserting a copy of this diagram that I found online. It's the best explanation of just how a sinkhole forms.
(Of course, it contains plenty of Blue.)

What item(s) would you treasure most?

Happy Blue Monday!


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LV said...

I have kept up with this as it is so unusual. Maybe not there, but I think it is horrible being buried alive so to speak. I thought of you immediately even tho I knew you did not live near there. I definitely would not live there if it was a known fact this could happen. Sad and tragic thing. You take care.

Barbara F. said...

They have not recovered this poor man's body, they did salvage some of the family's belongings. Very scary to think about. xo

Barbara F. said...

They have not recovered this poor man's body, they did salvage some of the family's belongings. Very scary to think about. xo

jesh StG said...

How horrible! Never heard of a sinkhole inside a house:(

Might I be so lucky as to my links working out -the first from my artblog, but the 2nd one from my regular blog ...? Sorry again!

Vores have said...

Very sad story - which has also been shown in the Danish media / TV / newspapers etc.
Wish you a good blue Monday :) Hanne Bente

Hazel said...

Sorry about this tragedy. Here's hoping the remaining family members are comfortable in their new home. As to the question, perhaps I'd scramble to save the photo albums... or whatever the hands could carry :(

Fashion Momma said...

This is a sad and scary news. I pray that the family would soon recover.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Mark said...

It's been a big story in Australia, a terrible tragedy Sally.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Sad story, but the blues are arresting.

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

This was quite startling and upsetting news. Amazing to think that this person was is in his own home and the earth swallowed everything up!
What I treasure most are the people in my home...
Thanks for hosting.

bj said...

We've been keeping up with this story, too. Just the most scary thing in the world. Sinkholes are common in Florida, aren't they? Sooo scary.

Mae Amore said...

Oh God, that is so tragic.

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, My post is lengthy today but I wanted to share this info. It could save a person from a disaster.

The sinkhole is just unthinkable. I didn't realize it was close to your area. That poor family. The diagram as to how this can happen was very interesting. Thank you for sharing this and I agree, it is soooo sad.

Happy blue Monday,
Love, Jeanne

Anonymous said...

I did hear about this on the sad. I just can't imagine.

My most treasured possessions would be family photos, notes and little things from my children when they were little, a few notes from my mom, now passed on.

Anni said...

We've heard about it in Sweden, too. Terrible, horrible and luckily quite unusual. I'm happy to know my house is on solid rock ground!

Happy Blue Monday, Sally!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a horrible way to die. That's very scary!

Annesphamily said...

Just the saddest story this weekend! My heart is broken for the family of the gentleman lost in this sinkhole. I hope your week is healthy! Hugs Anne

Laura said...

Sally what a horribly frightening and sad story. There are very few certainties in life, besides death...but what a tragic way to meet death.

Leovi said...

Yes, tragic and intriguing, good photos!


Oh my, such a horroble news..I feel bad for the man that died there and it seems they haven't recovered his body. Soo tragic! Thank you for hosting dear Sally, I hope all is well with you and your week is a good one. Hugs,

LadyD Piano said...

Yes, we saw this tragic story on the news and it's so difficult to process that this could ever happen, to be swallowed in the earth. Our hearts and prayers go out for the family through this most difficult time. Thank you for the photos and diagram, Sally. I am feeling a bit blue but when we're evacuated from wildfires here, I always bring family photos with me. They're close to my heart.

photodoug said...

Saw on the news. What a tragedy for this family. Thanks for the addition of the diagram.

RobinfromCA said...

I've been watching this story on the news. It is so sad and so scary that they can't find a trace of that poor man.
Living in "earthquake country" we always have a plan in place of what we would rescue. It includes all of our important papers and documents, our family photos, our computers which are our back up of all of our important things, my jewelry and a few sentimental items.

The French Hutch said...

This has been a horrific story! What a tragedy for this man and his family. My heart breaks!

My link is wrong, got the pic right but link is from last week's post. Sorry..........

The French Hutch

Ann said...

Oh we have been watching this on the news. I'm sure they felt so hopeless just wondering how far he had fallen. The picture of his father holding his mother just is almost to hard to see.
On a brighter note thank you for your sweet comment about our granddaughter.

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Hi Sally, my picture wouldn't load. It is the blue ash tray. Thanks for hosting.

Ann said...

Such a tragic story. We hear of the occasional sinkhole here in the Midwest, but it's usually out in the wide open spaces somewhere. This story is almost impossible to comprehend.

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Thanks for fixing my picture link Sally.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Sally, what a sad tragedy.

Thank you for hosting. My blues and the sky and the shadows.


Anonymous said...

HI Dear Sally! Oh, this is just so sad. When I first heard about this I thought it sounded like a horror movie but it was real! I have heard of sink holes but I guess I've never heard of it sucking up a room and someone. So terrible. Hope you're doing well and I always love to hear from you. Do you remember the olden days of blogging? Things have changed a lot since then, haven't they?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

That was so sad.I watched it on the news too.

Rob Hunt said...

Thanks Sally, I had forgotten to add the link from my blog to your Blue Monday. I will remember for next week.

Such a senseless tragedy, the sink hole.



Thank you so much sweet lady for your Anniversary wishes for us. I'm also extremely happy that you liked my table for your great party, Blue Monday! Big hugs,

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Such a sad story. As long as my family was out I think I would save pictures.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Such a sad story. As long as my family was out I think I would save pictures.

Blondie's Journal said...

I have been following this story, such a shame, the man was so young. I read a little while ago that another smaller sinkhole was found a few miles away from this one. I had never heard of a sinkhole before, do they occur a lot in your area (on a smaller scale)? Thanks for the diagram, it made it all more clear.
And thanks always for stopping by!


Mildred said...

What a horrible thing to happen to someone!

Have a nice day****