Sinkhole in Pasco County swallowing houses; began as pool-sized hole

Sinkhole in Pasco County swallowing houses; began as pool-sized hole

Officials evacuated residents from nine surrounding homes after a hole the size of a small swimming pool opened in the ground.

After the home collapsed, the only thing that was visible was it's roof and a side wall.

Kevin Guthrie of the county's emergency management office told reporters the residents weren't home but firefighters rescued their dogs and removed some of their belongings.

But there was concern that the hole could expand to the lake near the homes, he said. Within minutes, he said, "the hole opened up".

Shortly after our sister station ABC Action News arrived on scene, one of the homes collapsed into the sinkhole.

"At this point in time, we will continue to make and maintain about a 200-foot perimeter off the edge of this particular sinkhole", Guthrie said.

Power has been shut off to about 100 homes as a precaution.

As of 8:23 a.m. ET, the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway.

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 said the neighborhood has experienced a sinkhole before.

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