Sinkhole swallows 2 homes in Pasco County

Trevor Jackson
July 15, 2017

A sinkhole swallowed two Florida homes and continued to grow in a neighborhood in Land O' Lakes on Friday morning according to WTSP-TV.

It quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80 percent of another home, said Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County's assistant county administrator for public safety.

This is a breaking news story.

Initially, authorities called the hole a "depression" but have since categorized it as a sinkhole - an important distinction for insurance purposes.

Officials say there is concern that the sinkhole could merge into a nearby lake. No one was home at the time, the owners had already gone to work. Smaller holes are common, though they have been known to damage and even destroy entire homes.

A Florida home was swallowed up by the ground where a previous sinkhole had been stabilized.

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

The sinkhole is about 200 feet from a lake.

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

"Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", he said.

Part of the home next door also collapsed into the sinkhole.

The Red Cross is helping families affected by the sinkhole. Eleven homes have been evacuated so far, though there could still be more.

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