Calumet Grove – The Villages Sinkholes

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Four new sinkholes opened at SE 79th McLawren Terrace and 171st McAlpin Street, in Calumet Grove, The Villages in Florida on May 21, 2018.

One of the sinkholes appeared on the road while two opened on individual properties. The fourth sinkhole reopened beneath a lake near the Nancy Lopez Legacy golf course. According to Marion County officials, the biggest sinkhole measures 25 feet in length and with a depth of 30 feet.

The sinkholes opened after a week of rain that saturated the ground in the area. It is the same community where several sinkholes opened last February. The road has been closed for an investigation.

With weather forecasts indicating that a sub-tropical storm system will form off the coast of Florida and thunderstorms are expected to occur until at least June 4, residents are nervous as more sinkholes may open up.

One of the affected homeowners called Community Development District 4 Supervisor Don Deakin about a depression at the storm drain. Assistant District Manager Richard Baier said the District is coordinating with its geotechnical engineer and contractor to inspect the stormwater drain and move forward with the repair plans for the damaged infrastructure.

To avoid buying a sinkhole house near the Calumet Grove Villages, check out this Marion County Sinkhole Map.



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