by: Jason Kelly Updated:
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A 225-foot-wide, 50-foot-deep sinkhole swallowed two homes and a boat Friday morning in Pasco County's Land O' Lakes area and it's growing, ofificials said.
Officials evacuated residents from nine surrounding homes after a hole the size of a small swimming pool opened in the ground. However, the evacuation is voluntary.
The sinkhole is threatening other homes on Ocean Pines Drive and is growing toward a nearby lake.
Watch the sinkhole swallow a home below:
Two geologists from the state are investigating the sinkhole.
Officials have set up a 200-foot-wide buffer around the hole as a safety precaution.
Authorities said a sinkhole opened on the same property five years ago.
Watch the video below to learn what causes sinkholes:
"What can you say?" said a resident of one of the homes. "What can we do now? There's nothing to do. You can't stop sinkholes."
The American Red Cross is helping displaced families.
No one was injured.
Check back for updates to this developing story, and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News.
Reported sinkholes since 1954...we have LOTS of sinkhole ponds here in Florida. pic.twitter.com/UGjEyVxkoN— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) July 14, 2017
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