Several sinkholes have threatened a number of homes in a Florida neighborhood.

“I have a sinkhole; my house is falling. I hear all the creaking noise, and I look out, and there is a great big hole in the front of my house,” a resident said in a call to a 911 operator.

According to ClickOnOrlando, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office counted four sinkholes at The Villages. Two homes were damaged by the largest sinkhole and had to be condemned. Two other homes are being threatened by that sinkhole.

“I thought it was thunder,” recalled Frank Newman, a resident affected by the sinkholes, reports FOX 35. “It made a funny noise, and I guess it was the collapsing of ground, and it was pretty loud.”

Newman has lived in the area since 2004.

“It’s just a waiting game to find out what they are going to do to treat the sinkholes,” said Marilyn Riccio, whose home was also affected by the pits. “I hope they can fix it.”

Authorities have disconnected the homes’ utilities for safety reasons.


**UPDATE**Crews tell us that the sinkholes have stopped spreading. They are still working on making sure that the underground survey is complete with the hopes of allowing the residents that were indirectly affected to return to their homes. 2 homes remain condemned at this time. SINKHOLES IN THE VILLAGESThe Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion County Emergency Management are currently on scene at 17092 SE 79th McLawren Terrace in The Villages in reference to several sinkholes that have opened up and are threatening two residences. The largest of the three holes is about 35 foot deep by 18 feet across. Utilities to the four homes closest to the hole have been disconnected for the safety of emergency management officials. It appears to be isolated to these two homes with one of the sinkholes reaching far underneath the home. Golf course officials are now trying to drain the man-made lake to help the situation. Utilities officials tell us that should a water main break during this incident, they will be able to handle that…however, 20 homes could potentially lose water service if that happens. We will continue to keep you updated on this incident as it develops.


Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 15, 2018

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