About 7:20 a.m., a sinkhole opened up in the Lake Padgett area of Land O’Lakes. It was very frightening and a neighbor called Pasco County 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Fortunately, no-one was home at 21825 Ocean Pines Drive when the “depression opened up” behind the home. There were dogs in the home, but Pasco Fire Rescue was on the scene by 7:36 and the dogs were removed from the home safely.
The sinkhole is approximately 225 feet in diameter and 50 feet deep. As of 9 a.m. Saturday, July 15, there is no more movement of the sinkhole, but it has grown 4-6 inches in depth.
Shocking Destruction: Families Lose Everything
You can see the destruction by clicking on the video from Pasco County Libraries below. It’s a bit long, and we recommend turning off the sound (buzzing), but it gives a drone’s eye view from the :
100 homes in the neighborhood were without power on Friday, but all had power restored by 3 p.m., except for the homes that were evacuated.
Eleven homes have been affected in all, with two homes destroyed at 21825 and 21835 Ocean Pines Drive. Nine other homes have been tagged as unsafe for entry and were evacuated as a precaution.
How Can You Help?
So, several of these families need our help. There is a Facebook Page set up to help us reach out and donate needed supplies as well as connect givers, deliverers and receivers, so let’s show our true NatureCoaster spirit and help where we can.
Here is a post from that page of things that are needed for the families that lost their entire homes:
FAMILY NUMBER ONE
Male adult – shirts/jackets size large (wears t-shirts to work)
Jeans – waist 36 length 34
Shorts – 36 waist (large)
Underwear – medium
Shoes – 9 1/2-10 (socks to fit shoe size)
Wears mostly tennis shoes and velcro sandals
Female adult – jeans size 8 medium (skinny leg)
Sun dresses – size medium
Leggings/spandex – size medium
Pjs small or medium
Underwear – medium 5-6 or 7-8
Shirts – medium
Shoes 7 1/2-8 (socks to fit shoe size)
UPDATE FAMILY NUMBER TWO
1. Female adult (young adult style)
Shirts/jackets size medium
Jeans/shorts size 5
Leggings size medium
Underwear size small
Bra size 32B
Shoes size 8(socks to fit shoe size)
2. Female adult (middle age style)
Shirts/jackets size medium
Jeans/shorts size 10
Underwear size medium
Bra size 34B (no wire)
Shoes size 9 (socks to fit shoe sizes)
3. Female adult (middle age style)
Shirts/jackets size large
Jeans/shorts large 36-38 waist
Shoes size 10-10 1/2 (socks to fit shoe size)
4. Male adult (middle age style)
Jeans/shorts XL 40 inch waist
Shoes size 10 ( socks to fit show size)
5. Female child (teen style)
Jeans/shorts size 3
Bra sports bras small
Shoes size 9 (socks to fit shoe size)
Additionally, there are several dogs that need food, beds, toys as they don’t understand what is going on. There are GoFundMe pages setup which are referenced on the Facebook page.
Fundraisers have been started. The County is working to mitigate between the homeowners and their insurance companies.
Additionally, furniture, gift cards and places to stay have been offered and it is encouraging to see the Land O’Lakes community rally around these families who are going through a real tragedy.
One of our NatureCoaster Realtors, Laurieanne Morse, is collecting donations at their office, 24646 SR 54 Suites 101 & 102, Lutz, FL 33559.
Another way to help is through prayers. If you could take a minute to pray for these families to be comforted through this difficult time, I am sure God will answer them in a mighty way.