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Crews Look At Stability Of Florida Sinkhole That Ate 2 Homes

Crews Look At Stability Of Florida Sinkhole That Ate 2 Homes

Debris is strewn about from a partially collapsed home in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. on Friday, July 14, 2017.A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow has swallowed a home in Florida and severely damaged another. Photo: Alessandra da Pra/Tampa Bay Times via AP.

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Crews are starting core drilling to assess the stability around a sinkhole in Florida that swallowed two homes and a boat.

Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin said in a news release the work will begin Monday in Land O’Lakes.

Debris is strewn about from a partially collapsed home in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. on Friday, July 14, 2017.A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow has swallowed a home in Florida and severely damaged another. Photo: Alessandra da Pra/Tampa Bay Times via AP.

Tobin says the crews will look for anomalies in the roadway to make sure it’s safe for heavy equipment. He says removal quotes are due by 5 p.m. Monday. He says the goal is to have a debris removal company in place for the county in case homeowner’s insurance companies don’t accept responsibility to clean up the sinkhole.

Officials noted the sinkhole, which began July 14, isn’t getting deeper, but it’s getting wider as its banks fall in. It measure about 235 feet (72 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) deep.

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