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Cleanup from massive Florida sinkhole expected to take weeks

Cleanup from massive Florida sinkhole expected to take weeks

Nocco urged people to stay away from the neighborhood. Their distribution in Florida is not random.

And video captured the moment one of the houses started to sink into oblivion.

A growing sinkhole in central Florida has already destroyed two homes and is threatening to impact more. A third home lost about 45 feet of driveway and a septic tank. It's unclear when that sinkhole formed or what remediation had been done.

After the home collapsed, the only thing that was visible was it's roof and a side wall. No injuries were reported.

Two geologists from the state are investigating the sinkhole. County officials have begun tagging doors at nearby streets, in case homeowners need to quickly escape.

Tobin says surrounding homes are being evacuated and that emergency management officials are at the scene. The problem with talking about a fix, Guthrie said, is the continued expansion of the hole.

"We're waiting to see what happens", Thalia said.

And as they indeed occur naturally, here's to hoping no one gets hurt if and when it happens again. It grew 25 feet to 30 feet per hour in the morning but had slowed by afternoon to 10 feet per hour, Guthrie said. A fence will be erected around the affected houses and roads will be closed, he said. I know it's going to be very hard for you to sleep tonight. You can learn more here.

The Ramirez family had just enough time to grab their pets and some of their most important belongings before their home was swallowed up.

A battalion chief on the scene on Friday expressed to reporters the severity of the situation.

By the time firefighters arrived at the house, the hole was about the size of a swimming pool and growing.