Sinkholes in West-central Florida, Freeze Event of 2010
Strawberry fields surrounded by residential housing with the irrigation pumphouse in the foreground.
As residential areas encroach on agricultural areas, sinkholes that once only affected croplands, can now pose greater threats to communities and infrastructure. More than 110 sinkholes formed in the Dover area of Florida during a freeze event in January 2010. Ground water levels dropped to record-setting lows as farmers pumped water to irrigate their plants for protection from the cold temperatures. The sinkholes destroyed homes, roads and sections of cultivated areas.