Sinkhole empties small lake in Ocala - FOX 35 News Orlando

Sinkhole empties small lake in Ocala

OCALA, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -

A row of duplexes and some office buildings appear to be on stable ground after an apparent sinkhole swallowed up a pond Tuesday, according to the property manager for the Woodland Villages neighborhood.

Wes Herren said Wednesday a surveyor checked things out and two others have been called to assess the situation and for now all seems to be okay.
Neighbors began noticing water draining from five-acre pond Tuesday morning.
Constance Quigley said she noticed that the fountain in the middle of the pond was getting low early in the day and by evening the sinkhole had grown.
"[I] came in, fixed dinner, [and around] 7 o'clock went back out to look and that side directly behind my house, there was no more water," she said.

Quigley watched the hole grow as it swallowed water. She estimated it was 25 feet wide Tuesday night.

Wednesday water had bubbled out and created a large puddle in the middle of the field of mud.  Quigley said she feels safe, but she's keeping an eye on what's happening just outside her back door.

"If that water that we see back there gets to the edge of the grass I take my mothers diamond ring, my husband and the cat and I'm out the door."

Woodland Villages has about 700 residents living in estate homes, condominiums, townhomes and patio homes.  The sinkhole is in front of the subdivision's club house.

Herren says a similar incident happened in 1996.


Some information taken from the Associated Press.

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