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As Pasco County sinkhole widens, more homes may be evacuated

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 16:51:59-04

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida sinkhole that swallowed two homes isn't getting any deeper, but it's getting wider as its banks fall in because there's no support for the sandy soil as it dries out.

Pasco County officials said Wednesday that the sinkhole is now about 235 feet (72 meters) wide, about 10 feet (3 meters) wider than it was several days ago. It remains 50 feet (15 meters) deep.

Because of the growth, residents of two additional homes in the neighborhood north of Tampa have been warned they may need to evacuate. They were told to gather their possessions in preparation of leaving.

Five homes near the sinkhole already were evacuated.

Assistant county administrator Kevin Guthrie also says water samples from 17 wells will be re-tested for any signs of contamination.