Transcript for Sinkholes threaten Florida homes after Irma
And in Florida, they're still reeling from the effects of hurricane Irma and now a sinkhole emergency and gio Benitez is on the scene with more. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Michael, good morning. Listen, hurricane Irma came through here about a week ago and still people in Florida are feeling its impact. I want to show you how. Let's get a look from the air right now. This is our live drone cam and you can see that house behind me, the house is just being swallowed up by that sinkhole as we speak and it was likely triggered by all that rain. This home that survived hurricane Irma this morning a total loss. Swallowed up by a massive sinkhole that began opening late Monday. We made it through the hurricane, we were really, really lucky and then this. Reporter: Ellen Miller and her family scrambling to salvage what they could. Their oven clearly lost in the wreckage. I saw a big, deep crack in the bathroom and the tub was sinking and the window was coming loose and I said, it's time to go. Reporter: Down the road residents told to keep clear of this area behind a middle school that was washed out over the weekend. At least eight reported sinkholes opening up in Florida since hurricane Irma made landfall here last week including part of this road in altamont springs and in Orlando ac unis falling into the Earth. It has to happen at some point when you have a tremendous amount of water like from Irma that exacerbates the situation and makes it happen much more quickly. Reporter: Experts say sinkholes are extremely common in Florida especially after a big storm. Excess rainwater can wash away sand just below the surface creating an underwater cave and the weight above eventually becomes too heavy. These things happen over thousands of years and develop until finally they show up at the surface. Several And talk with John Dickerson inches of rain that happened during Irma was the last straw. Reporter: As for Miller and her family, thankfully nobody was hurt. This is the only home I know and it's the only home my kids know. Reporter: And back here with our live drone cam, over apopka, Florida, you can see that sink role right there. The family lived here for nearly 50 years. Now just watching that go into the ground. Now there are some early warning signs for sinkhole. If you hear the cracking sound, those popping sound, that's when you know you just got to get out, call for help and watch for doors and windows sticking and look for cracks in the wall, Michael. Thank you, gio. Right when you think you make it through Irma then something like that comes along.
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