Crews working to fill massive sinkhole in Sumter Co.

Crews working to fill massive sinkhole in Sumter Co.

Crews working to fill massive sinkhole in Sumter Co.

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Crews filled a massive sinkhole in Sumter County with a mixture of sand and concrete Monday morning.

Officials say the massive sinkhole threatened two homes; measuring  60 feet deep and 30 feet wide but is now contained.

Peter Carpenter, a spokesperson with the Villages Fire Department said the sinkhole on Chalmer Terrace near St. Charles Place opened up a few weeks ago near the Villages. 

"It started as just a small hole in one yard, so the homeowners called out someone to fix it," Carpenter said.

Officials say a few months ago, the homeowner called Bracken Engineers out to investigate sinkhole activity.

A crew filled the small hole, then shored up the property using steel underpinnings, connecting the home’s foundation to the limestone underneath. Then suddenly, the rest of the earth dropped away overnight. 

Heavy rains turned that once small hole into a huge cavity.
  Now, those rods are all that is stopping the sinkhole from swallowing the house.

“The house isn’t going to go anywhere, as long as the hole doesn’t move much past where it is right now.”


FOX 35 reporter Kate Burgess helped in the writing of this story.

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