Retirement community sinkhole reopens four days after it was filled in and has now doubled in size to 65 feet wide

  • The sinkhole appeared between two houses on Saturday in Villages, Florida
  • Crews spent much of Saturday and Sunday filling in the hole to stabilize it
  • But on Wednesday the hole reopened and has now grown from 25 feet wide to 65 feet wide 
  • No one has been evacuated from the retirement community yet

By Associated Press and Ashley Collman

A sinkhole between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community that was plugged over the weekend appears to be opening again.

Authorities said Wednesday that the hole has expanded from 25 feet wide and 50 feet deep to 60 feet wide and 70 feet deep. Safety crews are on scene.

Rich Corr lives next door to the house which had been at the center of the sinkhole drama. He told The Villages Daily Sun that he and his wife are packing their bags.

 

Out of control: A sinkhole that was filled over the weekend in the Villages, Florida reopened Wednesday and has grown from 25 feet wide to 65 feet wide. Pictured above on Wednesday

Out of control: A sinkhole that was filled over the weekend in the Villages, Florida reopened Wednesday and has grown from 25 feet wide to 65 feet wide. Pictured above on Wednesday

 

In this photo taken April 19, 2014, a sinkhole is seen between two homes, The Villages Daily Sun reports the homes were vacant when the sinkhole, which was already under repair, expanded Saturday

In this photo taken April 19, 2014, a sinkhole is seen between two homes, The Villages Daily Sun reports the homes were vacant when the sinkhole, which was already under repair, expanded Saturday

Over the weekend, repair crews filled the sinkhole after neighbors noticed it was growing and alerted authorities. At that time, a Tampa firm had been working on the sinkhole for about three weeks.

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