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New Port Richey sinkhole doesn't grow, but homes still "unsafe"

Posted: 6:35 PM, Jun 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-26 23:54:06Z

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Voluntary evacuations are still in effect for six homes after a sinkhole opened up in the Moon Lake area of New Port Richey Monday.

15-foot sinkhole opens up in Pasco County, 4 homes voluntarily evacuated

Officials now say it is a sinkhole that opened up Monday in Pasco County's Moon Lake Community after originally calling it a depression.

Several homes are still marked unsafe at the Caribbean Estates Mobile Home Park.

The sinkhole is between two homes, but there are dozens more in the area. Most people in the mobile home park are keeping their distance from the sinkhole.

It's estimated to be 15 feet wide and 15 feet deep. But Gus Swanson went inside the yellow tape for a closer look.

“I feel so bad for this lady because I don’t know if she’s ever going to be able to go back with it being so close,” he said.

A state geologist with the Department of Environmental protection did confirm Tuesday, this is a sinkhole.

It does not appear to have grown, despite Monday's rain. Voluntary evacuations are still in effect for six homes.

But you don’t have to live next to the sinkhole to have concerns as to what might happen next.

“Just knowing the ground is that unstructured, who knows? It could travel down pretty quick. And I got the swimming pool directly in front of me," said Swanson.

Officials will continue to keep an eye on the sinkhole, but it will likely be up to property owners to fix it.