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Engineers to look for cause of possible sinkhole in Holiday

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Engineers were at a Holiday home on Monday to investigate the cause of a hole that swallowed up a woman's driveway.  County crews were also on hand to check it out.  County Spokesman Ed Caum says engineers will have to determine if it's officially a sinkhole.

A resident discovered the large hole Sunday morning. Carol Bowers' day began unlike any other one in her entire life. The 72-year-old woman opened her front door at 4923 Calais Drive to discover a 20-foot-wide and 15-foot-deep hole had claimed part of her front yard and a good portion of her driveway. Her neighbor and friend Audrey Driver received the first call.

"Oh, she called me on the phone and said, I have a sinkhole!", Driver recalled. "I go, oh, I'll be right there, came down and said, Whoa! It looks like a sinkhole to me".

Bowers is staying at Driver's home in the Crestridge Gardens neighborhood until multiple situations are resolved. After responding to the emergency call, Pasco Fire and Rescue evacuated several homes, including Bowers' next door neighbor, George Kimball.

"I couldn't believe it, it was so deep", Kimball said. "And so close to my house, I'm kind of worried about it. So, they told us we had to get out. But later they told me I could stay until something more happens, then I'll go".

Neighbors and other curiosity seekers flocked to the home to see the damage. Meanwhile, close friends began to close ranks around Bowers.

"I've actually lived in the house across from her pretty much my whole life, so we all know each other, the four houses right here," said Carly Caza. "And the neighbors are kind of bonding together to make sure everyone's OK".

"She's very lucky that her car was in the garage, it's normally parked out in the driveway," said Caza's boyfriend, Jason Kipp. "She could've been another $20,000 in debt, so I feel really bad for her and I hope it all works out."

The American Red Cross Disaster Action team also responded to help comfort Bowers, who has lived in the home for more than 20 years.

"She's very nervous, she's holding herself together and she's doing well," said Red Cross representative Cheryl Long. "We're there to support her and help her make a plan for the future as to how she's going to take care of this disaster."

Bowers doesn't have sinkhole insurance. So, while investigators sort through the site over the next few days to look for a probable cause, Kimball, who spent the night away from his home, is coping in his own way.

"It's a bad situation as far as I'm concerned", Kimball said. "I know I've seen them where they get bigger and bigger, so I'm worrying about if it's going to get bigger or not. So, I believe in prayer. I've already said my prayers and I'm going to keep praying."


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