Sumter Co. sinkhole reopens after crews filled it with cement
By Kate Burgess, Reporter
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Engineers with Helicon say they are making progress filling a sinkhole that re-opened and continues to threaten two homes in The Villages. Crews say the sinkhole has grown very slightly over the course of the day, but it is stabilizing.
Hundreds of yards of dirt are being dumped over the 45-truckloads-worth of the sand/cement mixture that engineers believed would shore up the sinkhole over the weekend.
About 30 feet in diameter on Saturday, engineers said Wednesday morning the sinkhole more than doubled in width, measuring in at 65 feet across and more than 70 feet deep. The ground still crumbling and unstable underneath two homes.
“The plan is to save these homes, and the mitigation company is hoping to be able to do that. They’re working very hard to be able to do that,” said Villages Public Safety Department spokeswoman Gina Lambert.
Engineers are re-assessing the sinkhole, after someone walking by Wednesday morning noticed it looked wider and concave.
“I was quite surprised actually,” said neighbor Joy Winkler, “because they had the geologists out here and everybody basically said those houses wouldn’t even need sinkhole insurance because it was really secure.”
Lambert said they haven’t noticed exterior cracks in the homes, but engineers are keeping a close eye on the foundations.
Engineers are confident the sinkhole will be filled and stable by Wednesday night. They will monitor it over the next couple of days to make sure it doesn’t re-open, again.