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After weeks of rain, sinkhole opens on University of South Florida campus

TAMPA — A sinkhole opened Monday evening on a road that cuts through the University of South Florida campus, university police said.

Officers responded around 5 p.m. to the hole on Sycamore Drive, which was 3 feet wide across the surface, Assistant Chief Chris Daniel said. Below the surface, the hole was 10 feet deep and was slowly expanding, Daniel said.

There were no injuries from the sinkhole, which followed weeks of bay area flooding.

Minutes before 8 p.m., Daniel and a few parking enforcement officials had sectioned off the hole with two white roadblocks. White chalk lines marked the expansion beneath the surface.

Daniel said the sinkhole was isolated.

Sycamore Drive, which runs parallel to 50th Street and cuts through the eastern part of campus, will be closed throughout the week, Daniel said. Students will need to find a different route, he said.

Buses will not be making pickups at the stop near the university's Chapel Center.

"We're working to reach out to companies to come out and test this for further expansion," Daniel said. "We're just very happy that no structures were damaged."

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