MOON LAKE — The depression that opened behind two homes in the Caribbean Estates mobile home park Monday has been deemed a sinkhole.
A geologist for the state Department of Environmental Protection gave it that designation Tuesday, a Pasco County spokesman said. Despite heavy rainfall Monday night, the sinkhole has not grown from its original size.
The hole, measuring 15 feet across and 10 feet deep, forced the evacuation of four homes and shuttered a fifth unoccupied home Monday afternoon.
Officials will continue to monitor the sinkhole and will periodically re-evaluate the safety of the five homes marked unsafe.
This depression formed nearly one year after a large sinkhole formed in Land O' Lakes on July 14, 2017, swallowing two homes.
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Times staff writer Carl Lisciandrello contributed to this report.