A 80-foot wide sinkhole forced the evacuation Wednesday of several homes in a Tarpon Springs neighborhood.
Residents in the Tarpon Shores Mobile Home Park at 89 Rachel Drive are being told to seek shelter at a nearby community center, according to authorities. About seven homes have been evacuated.
The local emergency management agencies and Red Cross are helping the displaced residents until they can return home.
The sinkhole engulfed a fence, utility pole and portion of a nearby road Wednesday as it grew. It is also estimated to be roughly 35 feet deep.
City contractors were repairing a previous road collapse when the hole opened Wednesday morning. The hole affected a 30-inch sewer line, a 6-inch sewer line and 4-inch water line. Water has been turned off at the Olympic Plaza near Mango Street and U.S. 19.
Pinellas County crews expect to make a temporary fix to the sewer line Saturday. The sinkhole will have to be stabilized before a permanent fix can be made.
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Duke Energy has responded to the scene because the hole is impacting at least two power poles.
Official say water was shooting up in the air as sinkhole opened up after pipes broke. pic.twitter.com/4V21GUAys5
— Erik Waxler (@erikwaxler) March 30, 2016
— Laura A. Harris (@LauraHarrisWFTS) March 30, 2016