A large sinkhole opened in Central Florida near a neighborhood and roads on Friday afternoon.
The sinkhole, located off Scott Lake Road and Fitzgerald Road in Lakeland, backs up against several homes and the road.
Two nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution, but no structural damage has been detected.
The roads will remain closed until the sinkhole is stabilized, as stated by Polk County Roads and Drainage Director Jake Jarvis.
Authorities are actively inspecting and repairing the sinkhole, and drivers are advised to take alternative routes while the area is closed off. According to Polk County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief of Operations, the sinkhole, estimated to be about 75 feet wide, has grown in size since it first appeared on Friday morning.
County officials suggest that the sinkhole may be linked to nearby construction, where a hard layer was breached during drilling, leading to a void extending to 300 feet and subsequent depressions.
To find out more about sinkholes in Polk County, check the Polk County maps page.
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