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Florida sinkhole that swallowed two homes gets even bigger

  • A sinkhole in Tampa has grown larger after the banks surrounding it collapsed overnight on Friday
  • An 80 by 10-foot-wide section of the sinkhole's banks collapsed
  • The sinkhole at Lake Padgett Estates in Tampa had previously been 235 feet wide and 50 feet deep 
  • The sinkhole swallowed two homes and a boat back on July 14 

By Associated Press

Published: 01:01 EDT, 5 August 2017 | Updated: 01:07 EDT, 5 August 2017

A sinkhole in Florida that swallowed up two homes last month has now unexpectedly grown larger after the banks surrounding it collapsed. 

An 80 by 10-foot-wide section of the sinkhole's banks collapsed overnight on Friday.

The sinkhole at Lake Padgett Estates in Tampa had previously been 235 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

Cleanup was expected to begin on Friday but had to be postponed after the banks collapsed. 

An 80 by 10-foot-wide section of the sinkhole's banks collapsed overnight on Friday (above). The sinkhole at Lake Padgett Estates in Tampa swallowed two homes back on July 14
An 80 by 10-foot-wide section of the sinkhole's banks collapsed overnight on Friday (above). The sinkhole at Lake Padgett Estates in Tampa swallowed two homes back on July 14

An 80 by 10-foot-wide section of the sinkhole's banks collapsed overnight on Friday (above). The sinkhole at Lake Padgett Estates in Tampa swallowed two homes back on July 14

Pasco County officials say they were working to stabilize the edges so could start to remove debris from the sinkhole. 

Earth has been brought in to stabilize the banks. 

County spokesman Doug Tobin said officials were reluctant to say the sinkhole was growing wider without a geological survey.

He said the banks aren't considered a part of the sinkhole.

The sinkhole swallowed two homes and a boat back on July 14. No one was injured in the collapse.

The sinkhole, pictured above on July 14, swallowed two homes and a boat. No one was injured in the collapse
The sinkhole, pictured above on July 14, swallowed two homes and a boat. No one was injured in the collapse

The sinkhole, pictured above on July 14, swallowed two homes and a boat. No one was injured in the collapse

Cleanup on the sinkhole (above on July 14) was expected to begin on Friday but had to be postponed after the banks collapsed
Cleanup on the sinkhole (above on July 14) was expected to begin on Friday but had to be postponed after the banks collapsed

Cleanup on the sinkhole (above on July 14) was expected to begin on Friday but had to be postponed after the banks collapsed

Besides the two swallowed homes, residents in three other nearby homes were displaced because of the risk.

The edges of the sinkhole started caving in because there was no support for the sandy soil as it started to dry out, officials said last month.

As the water in the sinkhole recedes, the sand on the right-angled banks can't support the weight of the ground and it's giving away.

Engineers believe the solution lies in quickly getting dirt into the area to create a sloping bank that can keep the edges of the sinkhole from falling in.  

Pasco County's risk manager told officials that the response to the sinkhole could cost at least $1.5 million but it will be likely much more 

Pasco County officials say they were working to stabilize the edges so could start to remove debris from the sinkhole
Pasco County officials say they were working to stabilize the edges so could start to remove debris from the sinkhole

Pasco County officials say they were working to stabilize the edges so could start to remove debris from the sinkhole

 

 

 


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