News

Actions

15-foot depression opens up in Pasco County, 4 homes voluntarily evacuated

Posted: 3:14 PM, Jun 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-25 20:00:57Z

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Pasco County emergency services responded to the scene of a 15-foot depression in New Port Richey on Monday afternoon. 

The depression opened up in the Moon Lake area of Pearl Drive. It is an approximate 15 square feet and is about 10 feet deep in the backyard of two mobile homes, according to fire officials.

Pasco County Emergency Management and Fire Rescue has called for the voluntary evacuation of six homes immediately surrounding the area. Four homes have chosen to evacuate and one home is vacant. The sixth has decided to stay in their home.

Before you buy a home, check out this sinkhole map

Experts warn number  of sinkholes in Florida have surged since Hurricane Irma hit

More rain could bring more sinkholes in Florida

Sinkhole swallows two homes in Land O' Lakes neighborhood; cleanup could take months

The depression is on private property, and Pasco Emergency Management is currently awaiting a building inspector to evaluate homes in the area.

Pasco County officials are unable to call it a sinkhole until a geologist is on the scene.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.