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Paul Ivory from Pasco Country, Florida woke up one morning to a massive sinkhole in his backyard and says he’s a bit concerned for his home and his own safety.
“Oh my God, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what … that’s a sinkhole. I’m like how did that happen so fast,” Paul said told WKRN. “I have a 6-foot hole, about 6 or 7 feet across.”
After finding the hole on Saturday, Paul said he immediately called Pasco County Emergency Management who instructed him to keep a close eye on it until they could get an expert out to his location.
“The fire department showed up. They put the paint around it, so if it hits that paint, call them back,” he said.
Paul is just hoping that the hole doesn’t get bigger because if it reaches a certain point, they will have to evacuate their home.
According to the elected officials of Pasco County, at the moment, they are not declaring it a sinkhole, nor have they found the reason for why it appeared in the first place.
However, they do speculate that it could have been caused by Tropical Storm Elsa and will have experts looking into it.
“It would’ve happened eventually, but the rains definitely caused that to open up,” Paul believes.
Most importantly, Paul’s just happy he found and reported on the hole before anybody got hurt.
“Had I been mowing the grass, I would’ve fell in and got killed by the lawnmower. Thank goodness it happened at night. We don’t want the pets over there,” Paul said.
He hopes it doesn’t get any worse, and if so, he hopes the elected officials will work together to fix the problem.