SPRING HILL — Most of the residents who had been evacuated after a reported sinkhole in their neighborhood have been allowed to return home, Hernando County officials said Monday afternoon.
A sinkhole measuring roughly 15 feet by 8 feet opened shortly after 2 p.m. in the back yard of a home at 6925 Treehaven Drive, near Fairlawn Street.
"I'm a little shaken up,'' said homeowner Lorie Ceronsky, who said she will spend the night with family members after being prohibited from staying in her home. Residents of four nearby homes were evacuated but later returned home.
Neighbors had reported smelling propane gas in the area, and a deputy at the scene said that a gas leak had been capped. No injuries were reported.
A crew from the Hayward Baker Geotechnical Construction company had been checking for sinkholes in the area when a hole opened underneath a concrete slab that was holding their machinery.
"He was just drilling and it opened up,'' said project manager Lee Singletary. "It was a sinkhole home, obviously. This is why people need sinkhole coverage on their policies.''