Sinkhole in Pasco County swallowing houses; began as pool-sized hole

Homes evacuated after depression forms in Land O'Lakes neighborhood

Homes evacuated after depression forms in Land O'Lakes neighborhood

The ground began giving way around 7:30 a.m. when a homeowner noticed their boat was falling into a hole the size of a swimming pool. During a press conference Friday afternoon, county officials said they didn't know when it was going to stop growing. No one was home at the time, the owners had already gone to work. Firefighters rescued two dogs from inside the home.

At least 10 homes have been evacuated for safety.

Within just a few minutes, that hole grew to 200 feet wide, swallowing both homes. Smaller holes are common, though they have been known to damage and even destroy entire homes.

The sinkhole is threatening other homes in the area. Eleven homes have been evacuated so far, though there could still be more.

According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, one home is a complete loss and the second home is a 60 percent loss.

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"It was frightening", Guthrie said.

Power has been cut to around 100 houses in the neighborhood.

Geologists at the University of Florida have defined a sinkhole as typically being a natural depression or hole in the Earth's surface caused when rock, often limestone in Florida, is dissolved over time.

The Red Cross will be assisting evacuated residents.

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