Giant sinkhole appears in backyard of Florida home, forcing occupants to evacuate

Giant sinkhole appears in backyard of Florida home, forcing occupants to evacuate

Windermere : FL : USA | May 05, 2012 at 4:59 AM PDT
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A giant sinkhole, the size of an oversized swimming pool, appeared in the ground of a Florida home, forcing the inhabitants of the house to evavcuate it.

A family in Florida was shocked to find a gaping hole in their backyard when they woke up on a Thursday morning. The family had gone to sleep with a perfectly smooth and well-maintained backyard, but they woke up with a 100 by 100 feet hole in it the next day. The gaping sinkhole lays just a few feet from that Florida home.

The resident of the Windermere estate immediately called up 911 after seeing it. When he told the 911 operator that there was a huge hole in his backyard, he got evacuation advice from the dispatcher.

Lou Lambrose, the owner of the house told the reporters that on Thursday morning, his wife, Denise, was getting the children ready for school when all of a sudden, she noticed the grass popping up in the ground. He said that she went outside and saw that there was a huge hole in the backyard, which was expanding right in front of her eyes. She told her husband and both of them immediately got their kids out of the house.

Later, the building department came to the place where the sinkhole had appeared and carried out their assessment. After that place was declared unsafe, the pets of the house were also taken out from the building.

According to details, four trees have been swallowed up by the sinkhole and a fifth one is on its edge. Even though the Lambrose were living on rent in that house, it was still hard for them to leave it. Despite the hardship, Lou Lambrose told the reporters that he was thankful to God that none of his family members were harmed by the sinkhole. He told that just the previous night his son was playing in the backyard on the same spot.

Even though the neighbor's house is not in danger and it lies quite far from the sinkhole, they have still decided to evacuate, as they do not want to take any risks.

Windermere lies around 15 miles outside of Orlando, and the place has been hit by Central Florida's drought. Due to the shortage of water, the water table below the ground's surface dries out, resulting in the formation of sinkholes.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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