7 homes condemned near massive Pasco sinkhole

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) — Pasco County officials condemned one more home Monday morning – 21845 Ocean Pines Drive.

Two more homes were already condemned Sunday near the massive sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes. The Pasco County Building Inspectors Office investigated five homes over the weekend and condemned three of them. That makes seven in total condemned.

Two of the most recently condemned homes – 21814 and 21815 Ocean Pines Drive – had visible cracks and buckling. At 21814, there was bucking in tile and cracks in granite counter-tops. The eve was also shifting.

At 21815, there was cracking in the mortar joints on the southeast edge and a significant separation of the front of the home. The small eve over the doorway had separated an inch from the house.

Crews repair the sinkhole.

The sinkhole opened last month and swallowed two homes.

Seven issued notices that meet criteria for demolition:
Two original homes destroyed on July 14
21825 Ocean Pines Dr
21835 Ocean Pines Dr

Saturday, Aug. 5
21815 Ocean Pines Dr
21814 Ocean Pines Dr

Sunday, Aug. 6
3153 Canal Place
21748 Ocean Pines Drive
21845 Ocean Pines Drive – announced Monday

Kevin Guthrie, assistant county administrator, said Monday that he can’t confirm if the sinkhole is still active. “The entire area is riddled with sinkholes. We may be seeing a cause-and-effect-type stuff.”

Guthrie explained that it is not active compared to what he is seeing. It’s more like ripple effects, “may see some older sinkholes making minor adjustments.”

The current work  is to clean up the debris, stabilize the banks of the hole and decontaminate the water.

County officials said 125 dump trucks of uncrushed lime rock were brought in over the weekend to dump into the hole. Five semi loads of debris were removed on Saturday.

There is a barge in middle of the sinkhole collecting debris and using a long-reach excavator to stabilize the sides of the hole. EnviroWaste is cleaning out contaminated water.

They are calling their new tactic successful and said debris removal is continuing this week. They hope to have the hole filled in a couple of weeks.

The first phase of the cleanup is expected to be done by Aug. 18. So far, Guthrie said that the project is under budget and looks like it will come in closer to $1 million rather that $1.3 million.

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