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4 sinkholes open in The Villages retirement community

Four new sinkholes opened up around an area off SE 79th McLawren Terrace and 171st McAlpin Street in The Villages. Three of those sinkholes are visible: one of them is in the roadway and two of them are located on individual properties. A fourth sinkhole has re-opened underneath the adjoining lake on the golf course behind the homes. [Image from Marion County Sheriff's Office video]
Four new sinkholes opened up around an area off SE 79th McLawren Terrace and 171st McAlpin Street in The Villages. Three of those sinkholes are visible: one of them is in the roadway and two of them are located on individual properties. A fourth sinkhole has re-opened underneath the adjoining lake on the golf course behind the homes. [Image from Marion County Sheriff's Office video]
Published May 21, 2018

THE VILLAGES — Four sinkholes have opened up in a fast-growing retirement community in Florida, including one in front of a home that was abandoned months ago because of an earlier sinkhole.

A spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the new sinkholes opened up Monday in The Villages after a week of nonstop rain in Central Florida.

No evacuations were ordered as of Monday afternoon.

Spokeswoman Lauren Lettelier says the sinkholes are in a golf course community lined with homes and a lake. Two homes and three people were evacuated from the neighborhood in February because of a sinkhole.

Of the four new sinkholes, one is underneath the lake, two are in yards and one is on a road in front of one of the abandoned homes.

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