3rd home threatened by growing Florida sinkhole

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (AP) – Officials say a third home is threatened by a growing sinkhole in Florida.

The sinkhole that opened up Friday morning in Land O’ Lakes quickly swallowed one home and consumed about 80 percent of another.

By Friday afternoon, Pasco County public safety official Kevin Guthrie said, the sinkhole threatened to damage a third home as it continued to grow slowly. G

Guthrie said the sinkhole stretched up to 250 feet (76 meters) across and 50 feet (15 meters) deep.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said that within roughly 30 feet of the sinkhole, the ground was soft underfoot and felt like it was moving.

Eleven homes have been evacuated, including the two destroyed homes.

Property appraiser records show sinkholes previously were stabilized at both properties.


LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (WFLA/NBC) – A massive sinkhole has swallowed two homes in a Florida neighborhood.

First responders were called to the area in Land O’ Lakes just before 7:30 a.m. this morning about a boat that was falling into a hole.

At that time the hole was the size of a swimming pool and was quickly growing. It is now estimated to be about 200 feet wide, filled 50 feet deep with water.

The residents had already left for the day, but firefighters had to rescue two dogs from inside one of the homes.

Kevin Guthrie of the county’s emergency management office says it was “frightening” to watch the home disappear into the hole.

Authorities are going door to door to determine if there are any other homes in jeopardy. Voluntary evacuations are underway.

A property appraiser says the ground where a sinkhole has swallowed a Florida home was stabilized in 2014.

A previous sinkhole at the same Land O’Lakes home and an adjacent property was identified in 2012. Pasco County Property Appraiser Gary Joiner said stabilization, with a process called grouting, was completed in 2014.

Joiner says dozens of pipes were driven up to 60 feet (18 meters) down into ground beneath the properties, then pumped full of concrete to stabilize the soil.

The home was sold in July 2015.

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