Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Summer Bay Resort: Sinkhole Swallows Building Near Disney World

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Aug 12, 2013 09:08 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

A sinkhole at the Summer Bay Resort caused several buildings to collapse and sink into the ground.

Guests at the Summer Bay Resort near Disney World had only 10 to 15 minutes to evacuate the buildings as they were swallowed up by a large sinkhole on Sunday. The sinkhole measured about 60 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Fortunately no one was injured but guests left many personal belongings behind like car keys, medication and other items. About 20 people left everything that they had brought. The American Red Cross arrived to helped guests who were displaced. Some of the guests were moved to other buildings on the land.

Resort president Paul Caldwell is grateful that no one was injured.

"My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach," Caldwell said after hearing the news at about  10:30 p.m. during a phone call from his staff. "No doubt there would've been injuries if they hadn't gotten the building evacuated."

The windows of the buildings had begun to shatter and one guests ran into the street to warn resort staff. Firefighters arrived on the scene immediately and started going to each room of the three-story buildings to help guests escape the damaged building. The building was nearly torn apart in half.

Lake County fire chief Tony Cuellar said that the buildings connects to a center building which has an elevator. Just a few minutes after firefighters escorted guests out of the center buildings, it collapsed into the ground. A nearby building also collapsed and 16 people had to evacuate.

"It could've taken a lot longer but we acted immediately," Cuellar said. "There's no other units affected except for a loss of power along east side of property."

Engineers will assess the damage that the sinkhole caused.  This wasn't the only sinkhole in Florida this year. In March, a 50-foot deep sinkhole swallowed a home. Jeffrey Bush was sleeping when the incident occurred. His body was never found.

 

© 2016 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Atta Abbasi

5 Most Efficient Travel Hacks Every Traveler Should Know

Are you doing your traveling preparation the right way?

It's a Small World at Tokyo Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland Release Etiquette Guide For Visitors: Uncivilized Behaviour Banned!

Shanghai Disneyland officials made sure that the park will be in good condition when it opens by releasing an etiquette guide, after observing what the locals did around the area.

Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans Offers 7 Great Activities For Families: Find Out Here

There is no shortage of activities in the wonderful city of New Orleans.

Caribbean

Island Hopping In The Caribbean: How To Get The Best Tours

Island trips to the Carribbean should not be too hard even for those who were just doing it for the first time. In other words, even if travellers are scared of going on unfamiliar trips for the first time, they can still go on these trips, thanks to helpful resources such as guides and maps.

Phewa lake in 1982

7 Cheapest World Destinations For An Affordable and Relaxing Vacation

Every traveler wants to spend less while going to different places. With that, Price of Travel ranks world cities every year based on how affordable they are as a reference for budget travelers. With that, we have here the 7 cheapest travel destination for 2016 that will give you extra money to get a side trip to other places you dream of visiting!

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Children TV

Time Travel And Other TV Trends To Expect This 2016

The three trends that are seen in TV this year which includes time travel, blast from the past and adaptations.

Airport

TSA Security Head Fired Over Long Lines In The Airport?

Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations, has been removed from his position, according to an internal memo by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger obtained by NBC News.

Swimming pool

US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed for Health Violations, According To Health Violations

One in eight swimming pools in most populated states were allegedly been shut down due to inspection of filthy and suspected existing harmful water around, as announced by health authorities in the United States on Thursday.

travelers today

© 2016 IQADNET LLC All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics