LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pasco County sinkhole grew 10 feet on Wednesday, Assistant County Administrator Kevin Guthrie said. The hole is now 235 feet wide and approximately 50 feet deep.
It had been dormant since Friday until around 9:30 a.m. when grass and dirt starting falling in.
A hot tub and slab of concrete also fell into the hole today.
Two homeowners on Canal Street, which are on the other side of the sinkhole were told to be on standby to evacuate if needed. Their belongings should be packed and ready.
Guthrie said there was no need to panic, it’s just a precaution.
Land along the edge has become unstable as the water table continues to recede.
Guthrie said officials have to act quickly to get the hole filled. The worry is that as the water table goes down, sand and dirt will begin to give way more quickly.
- Crews are now working through logistics to determine safest side to enter.
- County is getting quotes in case insurance companies aren’t able to get the work done quickly enough.
- County ready to step in if needed.
- County is getting legal authority from homeowners if officials need to go onto the property.
- Crews are using ground penetrating radar looking for areas that will be safe for large machinery.
- Hoping to start bringing in dirt or removing debris on Saturday or Sunday.
- County is on standby in case the material inside the hole becomes a public health issue before work begins.
- Set to be a multi-million dollar project costing at least $1.5 million.
Crews installed four power poles. They’ve removed the wire over the sinkhole to make way for machinery needed for cleanup.
Officials are making sure there’s a safe environment for residents and emergency crews
Pasco officials are urging anyone within 500 feet of the hole to use bottled water.
County officials have tested 20 wells in the area, but plan to continue monitoring. And while the E.coli test results came back quickly, other tests for other possible containments will take longer.
Coliform bacteria was found in 17 of the 20 water samples taken Tuesday, officials said. Those wells will be retested. Officials said Coliform is not uncommon in older wells like those in around the neighborhood, but are indicators that it could be something else more serious.
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