LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. – A massive sinkhole continues to grow in Land O' Lakes in Pasco County, taking at least two homes and plenty of property with it. One more home is in danger, and officials say they don't know when it will stop getting bigger.
Authorities received a phone call about a depression around 7:20am Friday. It quickly grew into what officials confirmed was a 225- to 250-foot wide sinkhole is in the 21800 block of Ocean Pines Drive. The hole is 50 feet deep.
Aside from the two homes it's destroyed, crews have evacuated 11 other homes nearby. During a press conference Friday afternoon, county officials said they didn't know when it was going to stop growing. A third home is in danger.
Sinkhole swallows two homes in Pasco County
The sinkhole is about 200 feet from a lake. If they connect, there's a big concern over contamination.
"Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone in this community," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. "This is Mother Nature and we don't know where it's going to go."
Officials tell us a sinkhole has opened up in this same spot before. They say the homeowner opted to not get it fully repaired. The only way to do that is to fill it with concrete.
The good news in all this is that no one has been injured.
Pasco County officials are asking people to not come out to the sinkhole location.