Sinkhole swallows 2 homes in Pasco County

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Authorities say a sinkhole had previously been fixed at the location. At least 10 surrounding homes were evacuated.

The other home, at 21825 Ocean Pines Drive, was only partially swallowed.

The hole has grown to 250 feet wide and has fully taken over the road. The depression quickly turned into a sinkhole and two houses slid into it, Guthrie said.

It had already sucked in the boat by the time firefighters arrived 15 minutes later, said Kevin Guthrie, assistant Pasco County administrator for public safety.

Records also show a sinkhole was stabilized at the partially destroyed home in 2007.




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

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

The limestone dissolves over time due to acidic underground water caused by oxygen, and as the rock dissolves, the earth above the growing caverns becomes too heavy, collapsing into a sinkhole.

There is a 200 foot perimeter around the hole.

The Red Cross will be assisting evacuated residents who need a place to stay. Eleven homes have been evacuated so far, though there could still be more.

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