Two Florida families forced to move after giant sinkhole develops next to homes

WINDERMERE, Fla. - Two Central Florida families were forced to move after a 100-foot-wide sinkhole opened up Thursday and threatened their homes. Officials are monitoring closely to see if it gets any bigger.

The sinkhole, in the Summerport subdivision in Windermere, appeared to have stabilized overnight.

The giant 50-foot-deep hole has swallowed four trees and a fifth is on the edge.

"My wife comes in and says 'You got to look at this' so I get up, and I am like, 'Oh great, a great way to start the day,'" Brian Denis told WFTV on Thursday.

The good news for the families is that they are renting the homes.  The owner's insurance will likely pick up the tab for filling in the sinkhole.

"To me, as long as we don't lose anything, I am happy," Denis said.

Sinkholes are common in Florida, especially in the central area of the state.  They can measure anywhere from a few feet across to several thousand feet.


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