Sinkhole swallows 2 homes in Pasco County

15 July, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Firefighters rescued two dogs from inside the home.

At first, just one home appeared to be at risk, but as the the ground continued to sink as a second home also began to subside and collapse.

In states where sinkholes are common, tests and surveys are available that can determine if one is likely to develop on a home site. Video shows the home collapsing into the hole. The residents had already left the home to go to work.

Pasco County Fire Chief Shawn Whited said, "within minutes, the hole opened up".

"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. At around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, the sinkhole was estimated to be 200 feet in diameter and is very deep.

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Duke Energy has cut power in the area as a safety precaution.

Authorities said they voluntarily evacuated 11 residences in the area.

Authorities urged neighbors to collect their belongings to prepare for the evacuations, as the size of the hole is increasing.

The Red Cross will be assisting evacuated residents. The home was sold in 2015.

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