Monday, 21 August, 2017

Sinkhole swallows two homes, continues to grow in Florida

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Lance Thomas | 15 July, 2017, 00:08

A Florida home has been swallowed up by the ground where a previous sinkhole had been stabilised.

The sinkhole started out as the size of a small swimming pool but keeps growing. Surrounding homes were evacuated as a safety precaution.

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

Deputies have cordoned off a portion of the neighborhood and are only allowing residents with identification into the area to get valuables from the evacuated homes - in some cases, accompanied by firefighters. Video shows the home collapsing into the hole.

Pasco Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, Duke Energy and a Pasco building inspector are responding to the scene. Whited said after the home collapsed into the sinkhole, the only thing they could see was the home's roof.

At this time, about 100 homes are without power.

Authorities have also notified other people living in the area that the sinkhole is active and they could be forced to evacuate at any time.

Authorities say a sinkhole had previously been fixed at the location. The home last sold in 2015, according to records.

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