Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

200-foot-wide sinkhole swallows 2 Florida houses, others at risk

WATCH: House falls into Land O' Lakes sinkhole, neighborhood on alert Shocking video shows 'active sinkhole' that's swallowing homes in Florida
Howard Terry | 15 July, 2017, 00:45

A growing sinkhole in Florida that has already swallowed two houses is now threatening other residences, authorities said Friday afternoon.

"For the most part, they lost everything", said Pasco County Rescue Fire Chief Shawn Whited, who was surprised at how quickly the sinkhole developed. All of the asphalt has fallen into the sinkhole, officials said.

Speaking at the scene, Kevin Guthrie, assistant county administrator for public safety, said there were no reported injuries but 11 homes had been evacuated, according to a video posted on Facebook by the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

The ground began giving way around 7:30 a.m. when a homeowner noticed their boat was falling into a hole the size of a swimming pool. Firefighters rescued two dogs from inside the home.

Records also show a sinkhole was stabilized at the partially destroyed home in 2007. However, within minutes the entire home, which was located at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive in Lake Padgett Estates, was completely destroyed.

"We're now at a situation where we're trying to conserve property, but Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", Guthrie said. The perimeter may be expanded if the sinkhole continues to progress.

Authorities say a previous sinkhole had been repaired in this exact location.

The Red Cross will be assisting evacuated residents.

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