75-foot growing sinkhole closes road in Lakeland

Scott Lake Road closed at Fitzgerald Road, sheriff’s office says

The appearance of a possible sinkhole in Lakeland Highlands has forced a nearby road to close, Polk County fire officials said. (Polk County Fire Rescue)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – The appearance of a sinkhole in Lakeland Highlands has forced a nearby road to close, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that Scott Lake Road was closed at Fitzgerald Road as authorities worked to inspect and repair the hole.

According to deputies, the hole opened up on Thursday on nearby private property, spanning around 75 feet in diameter and slowly growing.

In a release, the sheriff’s office announced that a “private enterprise” hired by the property’s owner had drilled across the drive, hitting a pressurized spot and sparking the collapse.

Picture of the sinkhole in Lakeland (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

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While there is no property or structural damage at this time, three nearby homes could be affected, deputies explained.

The sheriff’s office added that a portion of Scott Lake Road between Old Scott Lake Road and Fitzgerald Road would be closed until further notice as crews work on the sinkhole.

Polk County Fire Rescue held a news briefing at 3:30 p.m. at Scott Lake Baptist Church to discuss the sinkhole.

No other information has been provided.

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