Hole the size of a small pool opens in Florida neighborhood

Homes were evacuated after a sinkhole formed Friday morning in a Land O Lakes Florida neighborhood.         
                                     WTSP-TV

Homes were evacuated after a sinkhole formed Friday morning in a Land O Lakes Florida neighborhood. WTSP-TV

A Florida sinkhole swallowed a house and severely damaged another in Land O' Lakes on Friday.

The ground began giving way around 7:30 a.m. when a homeowner noticed their boat was falling into a hole the size of a swimming pool.

Earlier, a boat fell into the growing hole, officials reported. He said firefighters and deputies helped people get some of their belongings out of their homes.

Whited said the residents were not there at the time but firefighters rescued two dogs from the home on Ocean Pines Drive.

Sinkholes are a regular occurrence in Central Florida due to the nature of the state's geology. Video shows the home collapsing into the hole. Eleven homes have been evacuated so far, though there could still be more.

Pasco County Fire Rescue described one home in Land O' Lakes as a "complete loss" and a second as 60 percent lost.

As of 8:23 a.m. EDT, the sinkhole expanded and reached the roadway.

Guthrie said that the question of safety was under control and, although it had been a frightening experience for residents, it was now a question of trying to conserve property.

At this time, about 100 homes are without power.

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

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