Two-home Florida sink­hole grow­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. — Of­fi­cials in Florida said Sat­ur­day that a sink­hole that swal­lowed two homes last month is grow­ing.

Pasco County of­fi­cials said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that a large chunk of the hole’s edge has col­lapsed. Two more homes in Land O’Lakes, a Tampa sub­urb, have been con­demned.

The sink­hole, which opened up July 14, is now about 260 feet wide at its widest point.

Of­fi­cials aren’t sure what caused the desta­bi­liza­tion, but think seis­mic vi­bra­tions from trucks and con­struc­tion equip­ment around the hole could be to blame.

Dump trucks were to carry in boul­ders Sat­ur­day to try to sta­bi­lize one side of the sink­hole so a small barge can be brought in. Au­thor­i­ties hope to cre­ate a boat ramp so they can work from the barge, which will float on wa­ter in the sink­hole.

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