LAND O’ LAKES, Florida— Nearly four months after a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes and left several others condemned, county leaders are providing area homeowners an update on efforts to make repairs.
Scientists and engineers have been working to study the sinkhole but say there’s still not enough information to decide the best course of action.
Experts from the University of South Florida recommend bringing in special equipment capable of scanning deeper underground to get a more accurate reading on the hole’s depth and whether it connects to the Florida Aquifer.
Scientists also want to better understand how the sinkhole is connected to nearby lakes and whether the hole is still naturally evolving.
Preliminary solutions might include the possibility of connecting the sinkhole to Lake Saxon at an estimated cost of $2.5 million; leaving the sinkhole and adding cul-de-sacs where the road is interrupted; building a road over the existing sinkhole; or just fencing it off and leaving as is.
Future meetings are planned to update citizens on the results of the planned studies.