Sink­hole in Florida stops grow­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - — COM­PILED BY DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE REPORTS

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. — A sink­hole that swal­lowed a boat and de­stroyed two homes had stopped grow­ing and of­fi­cials said Satur­day that they would mon­i­tor it over the week­end be­fore de­ter­min­ing when cleanup can be­gin.

The hole has been stag­nant since Fri­day af­ter­noon, said Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County’s as­sis­tant ad­min­is­tra­tor for pub­lic safety. He con­firmed that the hole, which is 250 feet wide and 50 feet deep, is the largest in three decades in the county, which has a his­tory of sink­holes.

Dra­matic video showed the home in Land O’ Lakes, north of Tampa, col­laps­ing into the hole Fri­day morn­ing. It quickly en­gulfed one home and a boat and then con­sumed about 80 per­cent of an­other home.

Guthrie said 11 homes in all have been af­fected. A third home lost about 45 feet of drive­way and a sep­tic tank.

Of the other nine evac­u­ated homes, res­i­dents were al­lowed to re­turn to four of them on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

No in­juries have been re­ported.

AP/The Berk­shire Ea­gle/STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN

Chil­dren play in the sand Satur­day dur­ing the 19th Ea­gle Street Beach Party hosted by the tourism depart­ment of North Adams, Mass. More than 250,000 pounds of sand is spread curb to curb for the en­tire length of down­town Ea­gle Street for the fam­ily-friendly oc­ca­sion.

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