Huge Sink Hole Swallows Homes And Street

Sinkhole in Pasco County swallowing houses; began as pool-sized hole

A 225-foot-wide, 50-foot-deep sinkhole swallowed two homes and a boat Friday morning in Pasco County's Land O' Lakes area and it's growing, ofificials said. One more home is in danger, and officials say they don't know when it will stop getting bigger.

Officials who got there first say the hole opened up and swallowed the first house quickly.

Tobin said surrounding homes have been evacuated.

WFLA-TV said the sinkhole started out about the size of a small swimming pool, but increased in size.

But there was concern that the hole could expand to the lake near the homes, he said.

Sinkhole in Pasco County swallowing houses; began as pool-sized hole
Giant sinkhole swallows Southwest Florida homes

Pasco County Fire and Rescue confirmed that one home had been completely destroyed and a second was at approximately 60 percent loss.

Part of the home next door also collapsed into the sinkhole.

Guthrie said that the question of safety was under control and, although it had been a frightening experience for residents, it was now a question of trying to conserve property.

The Red Cross is helping families affected by the sinkhole.

Geologists at the University of Florida have defined a sinkhole as typically being a natural depression or hole in the Earth's surface caused when rock, often limestone in Florida, is dissolved over time.

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