Florida sink­hole swal­lows boat, two homes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

MI­AMI — A sink­hole that started out the size of a small swim­ming pool and con­tin­ued to grow in Florida swal­lowed a boat, de­stroyed two homes and prompted of­fi­cials to evac­u­ate res­i­dents from 10 other homes on Fri­day. Dra­matic video showed the home, north of Tampa in Pasco County, col­laps­ing into the hole on Fri­day morn­ing. The hole quickly grew to 200 feet (60 me­tres) wide — about two-thirds the length of a foot­ball field — and 50 feet (15 me­tres) deep.

Pasco County Fire Chief Shawn Whited told re­porters that no one was at the home when crews ar­rived just af­ter 7:30 a.m. Some­one had called about a “de­pres­sion” un­der a boat parked in the back­yard of a home in Lake Pad­gett Es­tates in Land O’Lakes. Within min­utes, he said, “the hole opened up,” and the boat fell in. Fire­fight­ers were able to get two dogs out of the home and re­trieve some be­long­ings be­fore the first home started col­laps­ing into the quick­ly­ex­pand­ing hole. By early af­ter­noon, the home next door also had been de­stroyed by the sink­hole.

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