Massive sinkhole destroys 2 homes

Nearly a dozen families were forced to evacuate their homes as a large crater swallowed two homes, a swimming pool and a boat in a Florida neighborhood.
2:10 | 07/15/17

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Next tonight, the families living on dangerous ground in Florida. Authorities keeping a close watch on that massive sinkhole destroying two homes and threatening the rest of the neighborhood. Nearly a dozen families forced from their homes. ABC's Victor Oquendo on the scene. Reporter: Tonight, all eyes on this massive sinkhole. Officials warning the threat is not over. The crater swallowing two homes, a swimming pool, and a boat, creating a disaster zone in the middle of a neighborhood. The Ramirez family scrambling to safety, losing their home. It's emotional. I mean, what can you say? I mean, you wouldn't wish this on anyone, especially our neighbors. Reporter: Pasco county emergency officials taking us up to the very edge of the disaster area now filled with mud and toxic debris. There's a lot of hazardous material in here. There's fuels, there's septic tanks, there's household hazardous chemicals. Reporter: This is the largest sinkhole to hit Pasco county in at least three decades. As you take a look above from our drone, those neighbors who evacuated, they won't be able to return home for at least a week. Today, neighbors escorted home by police to grab essential belongings. Recalling seeing cracks forming in the street and hearing the houses give way. It's creaking, it's splashing, you know, wood breakingripping, just sounds that are not Normal. Reporter: The gaping sinkhole is 225 feet wide and 50 feet deep, while unusually large sinkholes are a common problem in Florida. They occur when limestone underground gets eaten away by water, creating a cave and the weight above becomes too heavy. And Victor joins us live now. Just steps from that sinkhole, Victor, we heard from your report, beside the danger beneath, there's also a hazmat situation above the ground? Reporter: Tom, officials are calling this a hazmat situation that's just because there are household chemicals and septic tanks to consider and a lake that's about 200 feet away that none of this debris gets there. All right, Victor, thanks so much.

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