Homes evacuated after Pasco sinkhole

Repairs already underway

LAND O' LAKES, Fla. - Two Pasco County families are hoping to get back in their homes as soon as possible. That after a sinkhole opened up under one of them Thursday morning.

It happened on Nathaniel Lane in the Asbel Creek neighborhood of Land O'Lakes.

Workers were doing sinkhole repairs on one house, when the foreman noticed the neighboring house started sinking.

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That's when he raced to evacuate everyone. Minutes later that hole opened up.

"Oh it's wicked big! It's bad," said Kris Locke.

The hole along side Locke's home is 12 feet wide and 6 feet deep…

"It looks like it goes underneath too, I don't think I want to look at it, because it scares me," she said.

Lots of people on Nathaniel Lane are scared, including Jeanneth Gutierrez, who lives four houses down.

"One of my friends calls me, get out, get out, some of the house is falling down. What happened? What happened?  I'm really nervous about it," said Gutierrez.

The hole opened up before 11 am Thursday, as workers tried to do sinkhole work next door.

When Erin DeMasi and her husband heard the news, they raced home as fast as they could.
"I was terrified, I didn't know if our house gonna be here, and what was going on because it was very vague, it just gave our street and that was it."

Lock was told, this sinkhole can be repaired, and it didn't take long before the crew started filling it in with dirt.

Lock says she hadn't seen any signs of issues with her home before today.
"It's always in the back of your mind, but you don't know, nothing's shifted, you don't have any huge cracks on your house, you don't think about it."

Her teenage daughter was inside the house this morning when all this happened, but there was no time to grab pictures or other family items.


"She walked out walked out with no shoes. I got my dog, my daughter, and got out," said Lock.

The Lock family will stay with friends and wait to see what an engineer says and what the insurance companies say as well. But Erin hopes none of her neighbors have to go through this.

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