Sinkhole swallows lake in Ocala

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A small lake in Ocala has been almost drained completely due to a possible sinkhole.

 

OCALA, Florida (AP/WTSP) - An apparent sinkhole has swallowed a small lake in an Ocala neighborhood.

Woodland Villages Association property manager Wes Herren told the Ocala Star-Banner that something appeared wrong with the lake on Tuesday afternoon. By 4:30 p.m., Herren says his phone was bombarded with calls from residents saying the lake was "essentially gone."

Herren says he called engineers, area contractors and the city's public works department for help. By nightfall, the lake -- which once took up about five acres and was up to 8-feet deep in places -- was drained. 

From 2006: Lake disappears before homeowner's eyes

Witnesses described the water going down in one area "like a whirlpool," taking some fish with it.

The area around the lake has been roped off for people's protection. Engineers were called out Wednesday to assess the hole.

Woodland Villages has about 700 residents living in estate homes, condominiums, townhomes and patio homes. Herren says a similar incident happened in 1996.

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