CLERMONT, Fla. –
A small sinkhole opened up Monday in the Hartwood Reserve subdivision in Clermont.
The sinkhole is 10 feet wide and 8 feet deep, according to investigators.
Officials said two homes on Powderhorn Place Drive are effected by the hole. Residents of one home cannot use their driveway, while the other home cannot use their sidewalk.
Both homes have not been evacuated, authorities said.
Neighbors say the thought of a sinkhole is unnerving.
“It’s totally unexpected. It’s nothing that you think about or worry about. You worry about fires and lightning, but now sinkholes,” said Bob Hart.
The Clermont Fire Department has turned management of the sinkhole over to the property management company who is working to stabilize the hole.
Officials didn’t originally call the hole a sinkhole. It was called a large hole in the ground.
About a month ago a series of sinkholes opened up in a subdivision in Marion County. One large sinkhole was especially menacing.
Jerry Smith with Lake County Public Safety said the area is prone to sinkholes because of the underground geological makeup.
Smith said the land in the counties has less clay and more sand which becomes a factor in times of drought and then rain.
“A layer of limestone where the aquifer is running through at this point and it develops a capsule and it fills in with water. When the drought comes the water goes away the rain makes the land more wet and at that point you have a collapse,” said Smith.
Officials said the best way to fill a sinkhole is with dirt and not debris as to not contaminate the Earth.