A 10-feet deep hole opened Monday under the foundation of a home in Pasco County, causing evacuations of the surrounding houses.
The hole at 5005 Genesis Ave. in Holiday measures about 25 to 30 feet wide, according to Pasco County officials. It did not appear to grow overnight and is believed to be at its largest point.
A geologist has been requested through the state to examine the nature of the sinkhole.
Two families that evacuated their homes stayed in a hotel overnight. Another family stayed at a relative’s home.
The owner of the home where the hole opened, Alice Hammond, was not there when the sinkhole opened. A building inspector has put an "unsafe entry" sign on the front door of the home. The home has not been condemned. Crews are going to work to see if last year's flooding had anything to do with the cause of this sinkhole. Their main concern at this point is to keep water out of the sinkhole.
The hole is less than two miles from where a sinkhole swallowed a car in November 2014.