Growing Sinkhole Destroys Homes In Land O'Lakes

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He confirmed that the hole, which is 250 feet (76 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) deep, is the largest in three decades in the county, which has a history of sinkholes.

Nearly a dozen more homes in the immediate area in the town of Land O' Lakes are also in danger of being harmed by the sinkhole, as the depressed plot of land is said to be nearly 250 feet (76.2 meters) in diameter and 50 feet (15.24m) deep.

The creeping disaster began when a resident called police about a "small depression" underneath their boat.

Guthrie said 11 homes had been affected, including the two that were destroyed.

Nobody was home, he said, but fire and rescue personnel were able to get two dogs out before one corner of the house fell into the sinkhole.

The sinkhole, which appeared in Land O' Lakes, has left a third home in danger.

Whited said responders were caught off guard by the speed at which the homes were engulfed. When asked how it felt to see his house crumble, Jose Rodriguez said, "I can't describe that".

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But it grew and grew and in just half an hour had expanded to reach the road. "Those crews were in awe".

The 200-foot sinkhole opened up within minutes in the Land O' Lakes neighborhood, north of Tampa Bay, swallowing a home at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive, according to WTVT-Fox13. The home was sold in 2015.

Guthrie, the assistant county administrator for public safety, said that the sinkhole opened up where a previous sinkhole had been stabilized in the past.

"It was frightening", Guthrie said.

People who live in some other houses at risk have removed some possessions and pets.

Deputies will be stationed in the neighborhood to protect residents and notify them of any problems, Sheriff Chris Nocco said Friday.

Check back for updates to this developing story, and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

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