LAND O' LAKES -- State officials have asked for a delay of recovery efforts after a massive sinkhole opened up in a Land O' Lakes neighbor. The sinkhole destroyed two homes and threatened another.
Officials say this is the largest sinkhole they've seen in the county in three decades, possibly five. Two homes have been completely destroyed. Another five are deemed unsafe to enter.
Officials said the hole had not expanded as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has asked the county and homeowners to wait a few days before doing any recovery work because they want to assess the site.
Fire rescue and Pasco deputies helped the residents get out of their homes and was able to save property. One official noticed a motor home in a driveway of an affected home. They ran in the house, found the keys and were able to move it right before the driveway collapsed. In another case, a deputy helped a woman who uses a walker out of one of the affected homes.
Residents outside the perimeter who evacuated will be able to return to their homes in a few days, but for those inside the perimeter, it could take weeks or more.
It appears the sinkhole has stopped growing.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Vonnie and Steve Jakubiec, who lived in one of the homes.
There's also a Facebook group that's organizing aid for those affected.
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