Florida sinkhole cleanup delayed after expansion

Posted at 2:31 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 14:31:54-04

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. - Cleanup on a large sinkhole that formed and swallowed two homes in a neighborhood in Land O' Lakes back in July has been delayed due to the expansion of the sinkhole.

Friday morning multiple pieces of land caved in. Overnight, Pasco County EMA said a 10-foot wide by 80-foot long section on the west end of the sinkhole collapsed.

This wasn't surprising because the contractor did expect some of the edges of the sinkhole to collapse. Early Friday morning, crews re-assessed and continued demolishing a house near the edge of the sinkhole.

There were, however, new cave-ins under the home crews were demolishing, which caused them to stop everything and move back equipment. Pasco County EMA officials did speak with homeowners and notify them of the overnight and early morning movement. They say at this point, they do not anticipate any more evacuations.

The sinkhole was first reported as a depression the size of a small pool early Friday morning on July 14. Within the span of the day, the sinkhole expanded to 225 feet in diameter and 50 feet deep. The sinkhole completely destroyed two homes that day and caused 11 homes in the area to be evacuated.