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Crews have sealed a giant sinkhole that opened up beneath a fertilizer plant waste pond nearly two years ago sending millions of gallons of polluted water into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

The number of sinkholes in Florida has surged since Hurricane Irma.

Some 400 sinkholes have been reported statewide since Hurricane Irma hit in September.

Anthony Randazzo of the engineering and geology firm Geohazards says water flowing underground during such heavy rain events brings with it clay and sand.

“Once you begin to do this you promote a lack of support for the ground surface to be able to hold or support a structure,” said Randazzo. 

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There is a possible repair solution for the Pasco County sinkhole that destroyed two homes last summer.

The Board of County Commissioners and the Public Safety office are leaning towards a decorative fence, the least expensive and safest option.

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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
Pasco County Sheriff's Office

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.

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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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UPDATE AT NOON 8/25 with details on expected length of closure.

As if navigating the University of South Florida's Tampa campus wasn't difficult enough during the first week of classes, a sinkhole has forced the closure of a road.

Sycamore Drive, on the far east side of campus near the Chapel Center, has been shut down because of a sinkhole that developed Monday afternoon.

Sometime after the sun came up Wednesday, a woman walking her dog past a fenced-off area in a sleepy suburban neighborhood near Tampa heard a loud rumble. She quickly dialed 911.

Pasco County

A second hole has formed in Holiday, where a hole developed in a driveway and swallowed a car.

Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin says the new hole opened Tuesday in a roadway and grew about 10 feet wide. No other cars or property was damaged and no injuries were reported.

Tobin says work has been suspended on a nearby sewer lift station due to the subsurface activity. Engineers have to confirm that the depressions are sinkholes.

Citizens, Tampa Law Firm Reach Sinkhole Agreement

Jul 18, 2014
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Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and a Tampa-based law firm have reached an agreement that could help resolve about 300 sinkhole claims, the state-backed insurer announced Thursday.

Under the agreement, clients of the Thompson Trial Group P.A. will receive settlement offers that include a plan for making repairs to homes damaged by sinkholes.

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Residents of several  Dunedin homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened in a backyard early Thursday.

Dunedin Deputy Fire Chief Trip Barrs said the hole appeared to be about 12-feet wide when officials arrived on the scene. Residents of the neighboring houses also were evacuated as a precaution.

Television footage showed that part of a patio has caved in and a boat is on the edge of the hole. Tampa area television stations report that a neighboring pool appears to have cracks.

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Florida’s state-run Citizens Property Insurance is coming to the Tampa Bay region for feedback on its announced rate increases.

Citizens’ policyholders have two opportunities Tuesday, August 20, 2013, to have their questions answered. The proposed rate hikes that range from two to 11 percent for hurricane coverage and increases up to 27 percent for sinkhole coverage.

Florida Geological Survey

The sinkhole that opened up underneath a vacation villa near Disney World last night wasn't the first - or anywhere near the last - sinkhole that has opened under Florida.

Last week it was announced a $1.08 million federal grant will allow the Florida Geological Survey, in conjunction with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, to conduct a statewide assessment of sinkhole vulnerability in Florida starting this fall.

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