Woodland Villages Pond Drained Once More Due To Ground Disturbance
OCALA - They say the third time's a charm. Here in North Central Florida this is the third time, a pond is being affected by what some are calling a sinkhole. However management is calling it something else.
What used to look like a pond right in front of the Woodland Villages in Ocala has been drained by a ground disturbance. And while it's quite the sight as you're driving on SE 17th street and 25th avenue-- property management says it's not a sinkhole.
Woodland Villages was constructed in 1984 and along with it a drainage retention area also was built. "It usually has ducks in here; it's a beautiful huge fountain. It's gorgeous… it's a landmark around here that people refer to," Lindy Batten who has been living at Woodland Villages for four years and a half said.
However this area is far from looking like the retention pond it used to be. "You know I've noticed the water level going down over time. And it's very frightening being this close to my house," Batten said.
While the property manager for Woodland Villages, Deborah Harren did not want to speak to us on camera. She did tell us this ground disturbance was not classified as a sinkhole but as a "chimney" by private engineers they hired.
Harren says last year the same exact thing happened and it closed in on itself. They're hoping the same thing happens again. Traci Beck another Woodland Villages resident said, "It didn't really concern me at first but as we saw it going down, it did get me a little upset but then I talked around and after that we noticed it started coming back up."
While the pond doesn't look like it usually does, management says it’s fully functional-- The pipes coming in from under 17th street are still collecting run-off water from heavy rain.
While some residents aren't too concerned, “We noticed it started coming back up. And it hasn't really bothered me at all because today's technology… they're telling us it's not a sinkhole. I actually live very close to it, and a lot of my friends had called me and asked me if I was concerned about it and I said no not at all… it hasn't bothered me,” Beck said.
Others worry and hope something can be done to seal off the problem for good. "Yes, I believe the problem is going to keep on happening if it's not fixed," Batten added.
Since the situation seems to be a stable one, management is waiting until Monday to address the issue.
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