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Sinkhole swallows 2 homes, continues to grow in Florida neighborhood as houses are evacuated

Posted July 14

— A sinkhole swallowed two homes and kept growing in a neighborhood in Land O' Lakes, Florida on Friday morning.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says the sinkhole, first reported as a depression, started out as the size of a small pool and a boat on the property was falling into the hole at approximately 7:56 a.m. local time.

Surrounding homes had to be evacuated as a safety precaution.

As of 8:23 a.m., the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway. At least 10 surrounding homes were evacuated. Two homes have been destroyed due to the sinkhole.

Pasco County officials are tagging nearby homes where they have not been able to make contact with occupants.

The sinkhole is located at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive in Land O' Lakes. WFTS has confirmed the home was a remediated home. According to the listing on Zillow, the property was a "repaired sinkhole" home.

The Red Cross is helping families affected by the sinkhole.

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