Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Growing sinkhole forces evacuation of homes

The sinkhole opened up and quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80 per cent of another home REUTERS The sinkhole opened up and quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80 per cent of another home
Christy Curtis | 15 July, 2017, 01:37

After the home collapsed, the only thing that was visible was it's roof and a side wall.

An evacuation is underway after a boat and a home fell into the hole in Land o' Lakes.

WFTS has confirmed the home was a remediated home. Dispatchers received a call around 7:25 a.m. ET that a boat was falling in, WFLA reported.

Deputies have cordoned off a portion of the neighborhood and are only allowing residents with identification into the area to get valuables from the evacuated homes - in some cases, accompanied by firefighters.

Shortly after our sister station ABC Action News arrived on scene, one of the homes collapsed into the sinkhole.

Pasco Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, county building inspectors and Duke Energy crews are responding. "This is something we've never seen before", he said. If that happens, geologists fear it could widen significantly in a matter of minutes.

The expanding sinkhole is threatening to engulf a third home
REUTERS The expanding sinkhole is threatening to engulf a third home

The hole quickly grew to 200 feet wide - about two-thirds the length of a football field - and 50 feet deep.

At this time, about 100 homes are without power.

Authorities say a sinkhole had previously been fixed at the location.

As of 8:23 a.m., the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway.

Roads in the area have been closed and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office has set up checkpoints, allowing only residents in with proof of address at Cloverleaf and Pine, Grove and Pine, Lake Padgett Drive and Ocean Pines Drive.

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