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Giant sinkhole opens in community near Orlando

WINDERMERE -- A sinkhole close to 60 feet wide and 10 feet deep is swallowing the front yard of a home in Windermere near Orlando.

Now, town engineers said dozens more homes could be in danger of sinkholes as well, Ch. 13 News of Orlando reports.

It's a low-lying area between Crescent Lake and Waussian Bay. Engineers said the ground water system connecting the two bodies of water could have caused the sinkhole to form.

Homeowner Paul Padfield's insurance company's geotechnical engineer has taken over the sinkhole assessment, testing the ground and filing a report. However, the hole won't be filled for a couple of days. "It's going to be questionable whether this is covered or not," Padfield said.

This is the second major sinkhole to open up in Windermere this year. In May, a massive sinkhole opened up behind a home less than 4 miles away, on Indian Deer Road. That sinkhole grew to about 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep before crews filled up the hole. The home on Indian Deer Road, however, was deemed unsafe and a total loss.

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