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Sinkhole swallows 2 homes, boat in Florida

Sinkhole swallows 2 homes, boat in Florida

County officials have begun tagging doors at nearby streets, in case homeowners need to quickly escape.

He told reporters that geologists from the state Department of Environmental Protection have verified that the current sinkhole is active and progressing, and have asked people to maintain a 200- to 300-foot perimeter.

Pasco Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, county building inspectors and Duke Energy crews are responding.

A sinkhole in a Land O'Lakes neighborhood has prompted evacuations and road closures, Ocean Pines off of USA 41. Firefighters said they got a 911 call just after 7 a.m. and the hole grew within minutes after that. The boat fell in. Two homes have been destroyed due to the sinkhole. Authorities said there have been no reported injuries.

According to the listing on Zillow, the property was a "repaired sinkhole" home.

Sinkholes are stabilized by boring holes into the ground and injecting concrete. At least two homes have been evacuated.

The firefighters went to the home but no one was there, the residents had already left to go to work.

"Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", he said.

Surrounding homes had to be evacuated as a safety precaution.

The hole was initially the size of a small swimming pool, AP reports, but now has affected two large single family homes.