Winter Park sinkhole threatens homes

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A sinkhole measuring 50 feet across swallowed several trees, a swimming pool and all of its water in the backyard of a central Florida home late Monday.

Inspectors were expected to be back at the property Tuesday to determined if the 20-foot deep hole had stabilized.

Homeowner Susie Blumennauer told WFTV she was on the phone with a friend when she saw the strange anomaly forming in her backyard.

"I said, 'Karen, I have a sinkhole in the back yard,'" Blumenauer told WFTV. "I think I might be dreaming.  I didn't know what to think, [and] then I realized there's a hole in the ground."

No mandatory evacuation orders were issued, but Blumenauer decided to play it safe and left.  The edge of the sinkhole was about 20 feet from the back door.

Sinkholes have been in the news a lot in 2013.

One generated worldwide headlines when a Seffner man, Jeremy Bush, was swallowed by a sinkhole that opened beneath his bedroom while he slept in March.  He died and his body was never recovered.

The home was demolished and the sinkhole filled in.  Two neighboring homes were also razed due to safety concerns.

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