Homes evacuated after depression forms in Land O'Lakes neighborhood

Homes evacuated after depression forms in Land O'Lakes neighborhood

"We got people out of harm's way", said Pasco County Assistant County Administrator Kevin Guthrie.

By Friday afternoon, the hole stretched up to 250 feet (76 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) deep, and threatened to damage a third home, Guthrie said.

"What can you say?" said a resident of one of the homes.

In less than 30 minutes, the sinkhole had expanded dramatically to reach the road, prompting the evacuation of several surrounding homes and resulting in road closures.

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

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Officials say Duke Energy cut power to about 100 homes in the neighborhood.

Bay News 9 reports the sinkhole started about 8 a.m.as a depression that formed under a boat, before swallowing one home and part of another.

It's unknown at this time what caused the sinkhole to form. "But again, Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", he said.

County property records show there was a sinkhole previously at the property where the house was swallowed up, and that it had been "stabilized", in 2012.

The American Red Cross is helping displaced families. Eleven homes have been evacuated so far, though there could still be more.

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