Sinkhole swallows 2 homes, continues to grow in Pasco County neighborhood

Posted at 8:58 AM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 17:08:19-04

A large sinkhole swallowed two homes and continues to grow in a neighborhood in Land O' Lakes on Friday morning. Surrounding homes were evacuated as a safety precaution.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says the sinkhole, first reported as a depression, started out as the size of a small pool and a boat on the property was falling into the hole at approximately 7:56 a.m.

 As of 8:23 a.m., the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway. At least 10 surrounding homes were evacuated. Two homes have been destroyed due to the sinkhole.

Pasco County government recorded one of the homes collapsing.



Duke Energy has cut power in the area as a safety precaution.

Pasco County officials are tagging nearby homes where they have not been able to make contact with occupants. 

The sinkhole is located at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive in Land O' Lakes. ABC Action News has confirmed the home was a remediated home. According to the listing on Zillow, the property was a "repaired sinkhole" home.

The Red Cross is on the way to the scene to help families affected. 

Pasco Emergency Management, Pasco Fire Rescue, Duke Energy, Pasco Building Inspector and Pasco County PIO have responded to the scene. 

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