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Imagine leaving for work in the morning and finding out a few hours later that your home and every possession within it has been swallowed by the earth. Sinkholes in Florida make that a real possibility.


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Sinkholes are making headlines again in Florida, and that has many homeowners concerned about how such a disaster could impact their neighborhoods.


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Sinkholes are making headlines again in Florida. And that has many homeowners concerned about how such a disaster could impact their neighborhoods.

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Ralph Terry, a 73-year-old retiree who lives in a sleepy neighborhood in Land O'Lakes, seems particularly sanguine about living just a few doors down from a gaping, literal, void in the earth.

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Officials in Florida said Saturday a sinkhole that swallowed two homes last month is growing.

Pasco County officials 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 (79 meters) wide at its widest point.

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When a large sinkhole opened in Land O’ Lakes last month and swallowed a pair of homes, Dr. Lori Collins first heard about it not on the news, but in text messages from her family.

Even though a Florida sinkhole hasn't grown in several days, officials said that the debris-strewn site is still considered dangerous and that residents of five homes remained evacuated Tuesday due to the dangers.

Emergency management officials will collect water samples to test for E.coli on Monday in the immediate neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed two homes in Florida.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office

A sinkhole that swallowed a boat and destroyed two homes in Pasco County has stopped growing though officials said they would continue monitor it before determining when cleanup can begin.

Growing Sinkhole Destroys Homes In Land O'Lakes

Jul 14, 2017
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Updated at 3:30 p.m.

A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Pasco County swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from 10 other homes on Friday.

Suzanne Young

A Senate committee in Tallahassee unanimously passed a bill that would set standards for how to swiftly notify the public about pollution. It’s an issue residents in the Tampa Bay Area have grown weary of. 


State regulators are assuring Floridians their drinking water is safe in the wake of a sinkhole at a Polk county fertilizer plant.  But the agency’s response is raising other concerns.

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham says the Department of Environmental Protection’s early response to the Mosaic sinkhole was inadequate.  The outgoing lawmaker is raising concerns as she considers a 2018 gubernatorial bid.

DEP: Plant Runoff Not Contaminating Wells Near Sinkhole

Nov 17, 2016

State environmental officials say that contaminates have been found in private wells of 57 homeowners near the site of a sinkhole at a fertilizer plant, but that the plant's contaminated runoff hasn't been detected in those wells.

Proposed notification guidelines for pollution are raising hackles among the state’s major industries.  The rule changes come after millions of gallons of contaminated water were spilled at a Mosaic phosphate plant.

A fertilizer company says it hopes to have a massive sinkhole plugged by spring, months after contaminated water and waste began flowing into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.


Hurricane Matthew's heavy rains are predicted to soak much of Florida, and that could complicate efforts to manage the pollution flowing into a sinkhole that opened up beneath a fertilizer plant's massive pile of toxic waste.

A fertilizer company spokeswoman says one well on its property has seen contamination spread from a huge sinkhole that sent contaminated water and fertilizer into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

Scott Orders Faster Notice After Pollution

Sep 27, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ordered new public notification rules after a sewage spill in Pinellas County and a sinkhole south of Lakeland that sent toxins into the drinking-water supply.

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Officials say they've evacuated several homes in Holiday after a sinkhole opened up beneath one house.

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