A growing sinkhole in Florida that has already swallowed two houses is now threatening other residences, authorities said Friday afternoon.
Nine other houses have been evacuated in Land O’ Lakes, a residential area about 20 miles north of Tampa, Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County’s assistant administrator for public safety, said at a news conference. Power has been cut to around 100 houses in the neighborhood.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said it’s impossible to say when the sinkhole will stop expanding.
The sheriff’s department was called Friday morning about a depression the size of a small pool that a boat was falling into. The depression quickly turned into a sinkhole and two houses slid into it, Guthrie said.
Until the sinkhole stops expanding, not much can be done. “There’s so much debris in the sinkhole right now that the water’s not receding,” he said.
Nocco urged people to stay away from the neighborhood. A fence will be erected around the affected houses and roads will be closed, he said.
“This is going to be a couple of weeks, maybe a month-long operation,” Guthrie said.