SRING HILL, Fla. — A homeowner whose house is being threatened by a sinkhole returned to retrieve her belongings Sunday, and although Linda Fisher had seen photos of the situation developing in her front yard, she said seeing the yawning hole was much more shocking in person.
"It's devastating; you don't expect it," said Fisher, who had been out of town when the sinkhole swallowed first her street and then her front yard and driveway.
As she welcomed a reporter in to see the damage, she had a warning.
"Don't go to the front of the house — it's not safe," Fisher said.
The sinkhole measures about 40 feet by 40 feet and is estimated to be 30 feet deep.
"The whole front of my mom's house is on a ledge, hanging pretty much," said Michelle Parisik, adding that the scariest part is not knowing what's next.
Municipal workers from Spring Hill, which is about 50 miles north of Tampa, will check the sinkhole Monday and try to determine a plan.
So far, only the Fisher home has been evacuated and no one has been injured.