Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Homes evacuated after depression forms in Land O'Lakes neighborhood

The Fourth of July Cafe a West Tampa icon had its heyday through the middle of the 1900s but hung on unti this year. It closed just before the Fourth of July Homes evacuated after depression forms in Land O'Lakes neighborhood
Saul Franklin | 15 July, 2017, 00:43

WFLA-TV said the sinkhole started out about the size of a small swimming pool, but increased in size. They saw that the hole was growing. He said firefighters and deputies helped people get some of their belongings out of their homes.

Aside from the two homes it's destroyed, crews have evacuated 11 homes nearby. By early afternoon, the home next door also had been destroyed by the sinkhole.

But there was concern that the hole could expand to the lake near the homes, he said.

Evacuations continued and increased to ten homes. "Hole grew fast and swallowed that home pretty quickly", the Pasco PIO said.

Bay News 9 reports the sinkhole started about 8 a.m.as a depression that formed under a boat, before swallowing one home and part of another. Whited said after the home collapsed into the sinkhole, the only thing they could see was the home's roof.

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"We're now at a situation where we're trying to conserve property, but Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", Guthrie said.

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

It's not known what caused the hole to form.

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

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