200-foot hole swallows 2 homes in Florida neighborhood

Kristopher Drake
July 15, 2017

A massive sinkhole has swallowed two homes in a neighborhood in western Florida and is still continuing to swell, prompting authorities to evacuate numerous nearby houses as a precaution, officials said.

At 7:25 a.m. on Friday, 911 dispatchers received a call about a boat that was falling into a hole that had formed at 21835 Ocean Pine Drive in Land O' Lakes. No one was home at the time. Firefighters rescued two dogs from inside the home. Residents in nine of the homes have been told to evacuate. Two homes have been destroyed due to the sinkhole. Video shows the home collapsing into the hole.

Authorities say a previous sinkhole had been repaired in this exact location. A fence will be erected around the affected houses and roads will be closed, he said. One more home is in danger, and officials say they don't know when it will stop getting bigger.

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

The Tampa Bay Times reported Guthrie said the foundation had been reinforced with steel pins about five years ago.

Power is out at about 100 homes in the area of the sink hole, crews are working to restore it.

A fast-growing sinkhole is causing some to panic in Pasco County, Fla.

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