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Sinkhole prompts evacuation in Land O' Lakes

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Repairs to a sinkhole at a Land O' Lakes home may have caused the sinkhole to spread, impacting a nearby home. Repairs to a sinkhole at a Land O' Lakes home may have caused the sinkhole to spread, impacting a nearby home.
LAND O' LAKES, FL (WFLA) - As the holiday crunch closes in, Kris Lock of Land O' Lakes has much more on her mind.

A sinkhole opened next to her house, then spread several feet beneath her foundation at 9625 Nathaniel Lane.

The hole opened as a crew from RamJack pumped grout into an existing sinkhole under the property of Lock's neighbor at 9631.

Pasco County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Johnson recommended that the two homes be evacuated until engineers can determine what affect the sinkholes have on the properties.

"I got my daughter out of there this morning. We will be staying with friends," Lock said.

Related: Dunedin sinkhole destroys two homes

Project engineer Larry Madrid of Madrid Engineering Group says a crew filled in the sinkhole which opened today. He said he cavity spread to about 15 feet in diameter, including four feet under Lock's house.

"Pumping the grout may have actually caused the sinkhole, because the grout is pumped in under such great pressure," Madrid said.

Neighbors say sinkholes are nothing new to the Asbel Creek subdivision. A house right across the street from Lock's underwent sinkhole remediation not so long ago.

Johnson said that because life, safety and utilities were not at risk, and that the sinkhole occurred on private property it is up to the home owners' insurance companies to get engineers out there to assess and address the situation.

"Land O' Lakes has the greatest density of sinkholes in the state," Hydro-geologist Sandy Nettles said. "Hence the name Land O' Lakes."

Now it's up to Lock and her insurance company to determine if her house will be home for the holidays.

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