Article Courtesy of WFTS
ACTION NEWS -- Tampa Bay
By Digital Staff
Published November 1, 2019
LUTZ — The same day Pasco County leaders called 76 depressions in a Hudson
neighborhood unprecedented, another one opened under a Lutz home and forced the
Officials say when the
family in the Willow Lakes Drive home heard popping noises
around 7:30 p.m. on Friday they called 911. Firefighters
arrived and found the floor tiles in the home buckling,
indicating a possible depression.
With help from those firefighters, the family quickly
gathered their belongings and evacuated.
Pasco County Building Services inspected the home and deemed
it unsafe, officials say. They found a small depression
along the home's foundation.
Pasco County Emergency Management says they advised the family, who is being
helped by the Red Cross, to contact their insurance company because the hole is
on private property.
Officials say none of the neighboring homes are in danger at this time.
On Friday, county leaders said there is no timeline or solution when it comes to
the 76 depressions in Hudson.
ABC Action News reporter Nicole Grigg first reported on the depressions in the
Lakeside Woodlands community in August. Since then, the number of depressions
Neighbors have been living in fear for several months with a main road shut down
to nearly a dozen homes. Officials say the homeowners are "nervous" and
"But, they don't want to leave their homes right now," Pasco County Emergency
Management Director Andrew Fossa said on Friday.
Pasco County officials have insisted that homes in the area are not in danger
despite the holes following the path of an underground cave system.
Geologists who evaluated the neighborhood say they don't know when, where or if
more holes might open up.
The county says they're looking into every option to help the neighbors but,
because some of the holes are on private property, they're advising homeowners
to call their insurance companies.