HUDSON — At least 20 depressions have opened up in the Lakeside Woodlands community, according to the Pasco County Emergency Management.
The depressions appeared between Sylvan Drive and Willow Brook Court, according to county spokesman Brendan Fitterer. Emergency Management officials originally assessed 16 depressions on Aug. 13. Follow-up visits made throughout the week and on Monday showed that the depressions were increasing in size.
Tambrey Laine, a county spokeswoman, wrote that four additional holes had opened up by Tuesday afternoon. All of the holes are active and showing signs of growth. Emergency management urges people to stay away from them.
There are no life-safety concerns or structures in danger of being compromised as of Tuesday, Laine wrote.
The county contacted surrounding homeowners and representatives from the area's homeowners association because the depressions occurred on private property. People who are affected by them should contact their insurers, the release said.
These types of holes are more likely to appear during heavy rain, but a state geologist or private contractor will have to determine their exact cause, according to the county.
Correction: The county originally said the depressions occurred in the Beacon Woods community. The story has been updated to reflect that they occurred in the Lakeside Woodlands community.
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