TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (WFLA) — A sinkhole that opened up Wednesday morning in Tarpon Springs became larger overnight and is now 100 feet wide and 50 feet deep.
Crews worked through the night to pump sewage out of the sinkhole.
The sinkhole, which is about a half block off of U.S. 19, was first discovered a few weeks ago.
Construction crews were working on the sinkhole Wednesday morning, when it opened up further, prompting the evacuation of about 20 people from the Tarpon Shores Mobile Home Park located at 25 Rachel Dr.
The sinkhole measured 60 feet wide and 35 feet deep on Wednesday. It caused breaks in nearby water and sewage line, then sewage began to flow into the sinkhole. Crews are building a bypass to stop the flow of sewage. An earthen dam has also been built to prevent sewage from flowing onto U.S. 19.
Of the 20 people evacuated, all but one have found places to stay. The Red Cross is providing shelter for that one person. Authorities do not know when people will be allowed back into their homes.
The problems with water and sewage lines are impacting nearby residents. A 30? Pinellas County sewer line, a 6? Tarpon Springs sewer line and a 4? Tarpon Springs water line are affected.
Pinellas County is asking customers in the following neighborhoods to conserve water: Ridgemoor, Lansbrook, Crescent Oaks, Tarpon Woods, Woodfield, Cypress, Wentworth, and Winwood. They suggest residents take shorter showers and hold off on any unnecessary water usage if possible, like washing dishes and clothes.