Florida Sinkhole Swallows House in Land O' Lakes

Debris is strewn about after a sinkhole damaged two homes in Land O Lakes Florida

Residents of a Florida neighborhood evacuated their homes as the ground opened up beneath them, ripping two houses apart as they tumbled into a massive pool of water. One more home is in danger, and officials say they don't know when it will stop getting bigger.

Nine other houses have been evacuated in Land O' Lakes, a residential area about 20 miles north of Tampa, Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County's assistant administrator for public safety, said at a news conference. Firefighters rescued two dogs from inside the home.

County building officials have deemed about 10 homes unsafe and say more may be affected. Two homes have been destroyed because of the sinkhole.

Records also show a sinkhole was stabilized at the partially destroyed home in 2007. "Hole grew fast and swallowed that home pretty quickly", the Pasco PIO said.

"We don't know what direction the sinkhole's going to go".

"We're now at a situation where we're trying to conserve property, but Mother Nature is going to take what Mother Nature is going to take", Guthrie said.

Local electric utility company Duke Energy were working to get the power cut in the area. The home was sold in 2015, according to records. The American Red Cross is assisting residents who've been displaced.

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