Sinkhole swallows two homes in Land O' Lakes Florida, keeps growing

Sinkhole swallows two homes and boat in Florida and continues to grow; 10 homes evacuated
Hole the size of a small pool opens in Florida neighborhood

15 July, 2017

A fast-growing sinkhole that swallowed two homes in a Land O' Lakes neighborhood on Friday morning has residents and authorities on edge as the massive 200-foot-wide hole continues to grow.

Kevin Guthrie with Pasco County Public Safety said 11 homes were voluntarily evacuated, and no one had been injured.

No further details were immediately available. Two homes have been destroyed due to the sinkhole.

'Please avoid the area canal place and Ocean Pines Drive in Lake Padgett Land o Lakes, ' the Pasco County sheriff's office tweeted after the collapse Friday morning.

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

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Crews with Pasco County Fire Rescue, Duke Energy, Pasco County Emergency Management and the Pasco County Building Inspector are headed to the scene. Firefighters said they got a 911 call just after 7 a.m. and the hole grew within minutes after that.

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

The hole was initially the size of a small swimming pool, AP reports, but now has affected two large single family homes.

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