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Video: Homes evacuated after possible sinkhole in Land O' Lakes

 

Land O'Lakes, Florida -- Green wreaths with red ribbons decorate the front of this Land O' Lakes house. It's not exactly festive, but now there's a drape of yellow caution tape too.

"It's shocking," said Kris Lock of the developments at her house on Nathaniel Lane.

About 10:30 Thursday morning, a hole opened up right outside her living room wall.

"Oh it's wicked big, it's bad. I don't like the look of it," she said peering into the hole estimated to be 10x12 and 6 feet deep.

For a couple weeks now, a sinkhole remediation company has been working on the house right next door and it was RAMJACK workers who noticed the hole opening up. They pounded on the doors, scaring the heck out of 17-year-old Haley Lock, who was the only one home at the time.

"She has recovered from first thinking she was going to be killed," said mom. "She thought someone was trying to break in the house."

RAMJACK brought in dirt to fill the hole, but it's likely there will be more to this fix than just muscle, shovels, and wheelbarrows. RAMJACK workers on the scene would not comment and a call to the company's Hudson offices was not returned.

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All the activity drew out nervous neighbors.

Keith Felder lives just a few doors down and when he heard about a possible sinkhole he rushed home from work. 

"Get home and check it out; I have a pet inside, valuables...just get home and make sure everything was safe," he said.

The extent of damage and just how long the family will be out of their home is still unknown. But just like the decorations on her house, Lock is trying to hold on to her holiday spirit.

"We're glad that all my children are safe, my dog's safe, we're safe and we're just going to wait and see what happens."

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