Winter Park sinkhole may soon be filled

Home deemed unsafe because of massive hole

WINTER PARK, Fla. - Insurance adjusters and geo-technicians spent Wednesday morning at the scene of a large sinkhole that opened in the backyard of a Winter Park home.

The hole, which measures 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep, swallowed a swimming pool when it opened late Monday night.  No one was injured.

Orange County building inspectors declared a two-story home at 2300 Roxbury Drive and a utility shed "unsafe" to occupy as a result.

On Wednesday, inspectors said the dirt surrounding the hole appeared to have stabilized and filled with water.  That's good news for the people who live around the crater, who feared it may grow and swallow their homes.

Crews were expected to arrive as soon as Wednesday afternoon to begin filling the hole with dirt and cement, pulling apart the swimming pool as they go.

Still, county inspectors said they were watching the changing weather patterns expected for Central Florida as a tropical disturbance rolls ashore and sends possible flood conditions into the state.

Homeowners told Local 6 that based on what their private inspectors told them they're not worried about what the rain could do.

Stay with Local 6 News and for updates.

Copyright 2013 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.