6 Sinkholes open up in the Villages

Published: Feb. 15, 2018 at 6:57 PM EST
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A Marion County community woke up this morning to find 6 sinkholes in their neighborhood.

And one of them threatens two homes, which has prompted a mandatory evacuation.

One resident says he’s worried about his home's condition.

Sinkhole here, sinkhole there, sinkholes almost everywhere.

At least that what Frank Neumann says he saw when he walked out of his home in the villages around 3:30 Thursday morning.

Frank Neumann said, "I heard some noise, I thought it was thunder evidently that was the ground crashing in on the sinkhole."

Nueman says he and six other families have been asked by Village management to pack up what belongings they have and leave.

Marilyn Riccio said, "Well, we have a home in Massachusetts that we can drive back to, but we have nice neighbors here, until they get roped off says that we can stay with them and we have friends in Ocala to so."

Village management crews say a total of six sinkholes have opened up and one of the them in particular threatens two homes.

Neuman says he hopes he doesn't lose his house in the process.

Frank Neumann said, "I don't know the long term probability of staying in the house, but we'll have to make that decision later."

Crews have not yet determined what caused the sinkholes, but say more could form.

County officials say they're just glad no one was hurt when the sinkholes first opened up, but they've still haven't given me a time table on when the residents will be able to move back into their homes, or when the sinkholes will be fixed.