Visitors return to state park sinkhole after Sunday overflow

CHIPLEY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Visitors returned to one area state park's sinkhole after it was overflowing with water Sunday.

Falling Waters State Park in Chipley lived up to its name when heavy rainfall caused water to overflow from the sinkhole and down onto the stairs and pathway.

"It was just too much water. It's just like pouring water in your bathtub too fast, faster than the drain could handle," said Steve James, a Chipley resident and weekly visitor to the park.

James said he missed Sunday's phenomena, but still enjoyed seeing photos on social media.

Tristain Hartzog, Falling Waters State Park Ranger, said the waterfall into the sinkhole was flowing more than usual come Monday.

The sinkhole from the top of the waterfall is 101 feet deep. The conditions stayed like that for ten hours Sunday.

"Very, very uncommon. In the four years that I've worked here, I've never been able to see it. It has happened, but it usually only lasts for about five minutes, so for it to have lasted a total of ten hours yesterday is very phenomenal," Hartzog said.

The park went with the flow and closed of that area Sunday, but visitors were able to walk down the steps Monday.