Sinkholes open near homes in The Villages -- again

2 homes in same area were evacuated in February

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Four sinkholes opened Monday near several homes in The Villages in the same area where several sinkholes opened appeared about three months ago, sheriff's officials said.

The sinkholes opened in the Calumet Grove neighborhood on SE 79th McLawren Terrace, not far from SE Highway 42 and Buena Vista Boulevard in Marion County.

"Three of those sinkholes are visible -- one of them is in the roadway and two of them are located on individual properties," the Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "A fourth sinkhole has reopened underneath the adjoining lake on the golf course behind the homes."

Cracks can be seen in the garage of one of the homes. 

No evacuations have been ordered as of Monday afternoon, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

A sinkhole opened at 17092 SE 79th McLawren Terrace in February, prompting a homeowner to call 911.

"I have a sinkhole, my house is falling. I hear all the creaking noise and I look out and there is a great big hole in the front of my house," the caller said.

Several other holes also opened nearby in mid-February, prompting the evacuation of two homes. One of the houses affected by Monday's holes has been unoccupied since then, officials said.

Officials with the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Villages and Marion County are investigating the holes.

A hole opens near homes in The Villages.

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