Florida sinkhole swallows 2 homes, continues to grow

Posted July 15, 2017

Residents are being evacuated in a Florida neighborhood due to a massive sinkhole that's already swallowed two houses.

At least 10 surrounding homes had to be evacuated as a safety precaution.

Fortunately, no one was inside either house at the time and no injuries have been reported, but firefighters did rescue two dogs from one of the homes before it fell into the giant sinkhole.

The boat was seen falling into the hole in Land O'Lakes, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Whited said the hole grew in a matter of minutes.

Officials tell us a sinkhole has opened up in this same spot before.

The depression is located at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive in Land O' Lakes. Within an hour or so the sinkhole swallowed one home and part of another home.

But there was concern that the hole could expand to the lake near the homes, he said.

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"We're now at a situation where we're trying to conserve property, but Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", Guthrie said.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said that within roughly 30 feet of the sinkhole, the ground was soft underfoot and felt like it was moving.

The sinkhole is threatening other homes in the area. The people who live at that home were evacuated before it collapsed. WFLA News Channel 8 did some digging and found that the home was also sold in 2015 as a "repaired" home.

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