Florida sinkhole swallows 2 homes, continues to grow

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A sinkhole in a Land O'Lakes neighborhood has prompted evacuations and road closures, Ocean Pines off of U.S. 41.

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

By the time firefighters arrived at the house, the hole was about the size of a swimming pool and growing.

The sinkhole started Friday morning as a small depression and grew into a 220-foot crater in the Land O' Lakes community near Tampa, authorities said. Authorities said there have been no reported injuries.

So far, the sinkhole has destroyed two homes.

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In states where sinkholes are common, tests and surveys are available that can determine if one is likely to develop on a home site.

Property records note a sinkhole confirmed in 2012 as "stabilised". He said firefighters and deputies helped people get some of their belongings out of their homes. The home was sold in 2015.

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

Surrounding homes were evacuated as a safety precaution.

The American Red Cross is helping displaced families.

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