Friday, 21 July, 2017

Massive Pasco sinkhole destroyed two homes, continues to grow

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Lillian Steele | 15 July, 2017, 00:45

Surrounding homes are now being evacuated as a safety precaution.

The hole has grown to 250 feet wide and has fully taken over the road. He said firefighters and deputies helped people get some of their belongings out of their homes. "Hole grew fast and swallowed that home pretty quickly", the Pasco PIO said.

The sinkhole is threatening other homes on Ocean Pines Drive and is growing toward a nearby lake.

Guthrie said that, within the first hour, the sinkhole had shown tremendous growth, progressing between 5 and 100 feet, but it appeared to have slowed down since.

Authorities in west Florida are evacuating residents of several homes after a hole the size of a small swimming pool opened in the ground.

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

Authorities say a previous sinkhole had been repaired in this exact location.

As of 8:23 a.m., the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway.

"It was frightening", Guthrie said. The home was sold in 2015, according to records.

"We will have three if not four septic tanks that will start merging with the lake", he said.

The Red Cross will be assisting evacuated residents who need a place to stay.

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