Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Evacuation amid sinkhole in garden

A man observes a sinkhole which has swallowed parts of two houses in Dunedin, Florida (AP/The Tampa Tribune, Luke Johnson)

Residents of several Florida homes have been evacuated due to a possible sinkhole that opened behind a garden.

The hole appears to be about 12ft wide and homes on both sides of the sinkhole have been evacuated as a precaution, Dunedin deputy fire chief Trip Barrs told Bay News 9.

Part of a patio has caved in and a boat is on the edge of the hole. The television station reported that a neighbouring pool appears to be cracking.

Homeowner Michael Dupre said the family heard a noise that sounded like a sledgehammer pounding on the wall on Thursday morning. He said he has been concerned about a sinkhole and that a sinkhole prevention company has been pouring grout into the home's foundation over the last two days.

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