Holiday sinkhole engulfs car

Holiday, Florida - Anna Maria Boi Jones, 63, is devastated. The home where she has lived near the corner of Torch and Button streets has been condemned.

About 10:45 a.m. Monday, she noticed the tires of her car seemed to be sinking into the driveway at 1728 Torch St. In just about 15 minutes her Hyundai Accent was hood down in a 10 foot by 10 foot sinkhole.

She was forced to quickly grab as many of her belongings as she could to get out.

She blames the hole on nearby construction to build a sewer lift station.

Jones say, "I don't think it's anything else because of the fact that we are in Florida and it's mostly sand - you know - the land is sand."

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She adds that the construction is extremely loud. " Many mornings I have to get up from bed - from 7 o'clock at 12 o'clock at night."

Emergency Management is recommending that five other homes in the vicinity be evacuated.

Late Monday, geologists said the sinkhole is not getting any wider, but it is getting deeper as it settles.

Larry Pickering is the property manager at Holiday Travel Park where she lives. He worries about whether others could be at risk. He says, "They think the hole is getting bigger. There's a lot of people in danger. These homes are in danger. The sewage project out there. I blame them."

Pickering says, "They've been drawing water for the last couple of weeks out of here and we believe that maybe they got into one of the aquifers."

Doug Tobin, spokesman for Pasco County, says the county bidded out the project to Nelson Construction. He says it's too early to tell if its work is to blame. "The sewer lift station I'm told there is some water being pumped out of the ground in and around this vicinity where they're doing construction."

The American Red Cross is helping those who have been told to evacuate. Pickering says the travel park is going to help put residents in hotels, too, for as long as needed.

Tobin says the hole hasn't been classified as a sinkhole. It's on private property, he says, which means the homeowner will contact her insurance company and the insurer will have a geological survey done that could provide more answers.

Meanwhile, Tobin says the sewer lift station should be completed in 3 to 4 weeks.


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