Sinkhole swallows 2 homes, boat in Pasco County

Growing sinkhole forces evacuation of homes

When it was first reported to authorities on Friday morning, the sinkhole was a small depression under a boat in the lakeside neighborhood in Land O' Lakes, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Tampa. Video shows the home collapsing into the hole.

Pasco Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, county building inspectors and Duke Energy crews are responding.

At least one home has been destroyed. A secondary structure is now impacted as the hole continues to grow.

Shortly after our sister station ABC Action News arrived on scene, one of the homes collapsed into the sinkhole. "This is something we've never seen before", he said.

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

He told reporters that geologists from the state Department of Environmental Protection have verified that the current sinkhole is active and progressing, and have asked people to maintain a 200- to 300-foot perimeter.

Power has also been shut off to about 100 homes as a precaution.

The Red Cross will be assisting the evacuated residents. At around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, the sinkhole was estimated to be 200 feet in diameter and is very deep. The home last sold in 2015, according to records.

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