West Lincoln Lane Homosassa Sinkhole

A hole opened Monday afternoon when crews were digging out a new well off of West Lincoln Lane in Homosassa.

A large hole opened up Monday afternoon when workers were drilling a new well for a home under construction in Homosassa.

Steve Hunt, owner of Sweetwater Well Drilling & Pump Service, said his crews were excavating the well for the homeowners off of West Lincoln Lane when the void opened, swallowing a 40-foot tree.

Hunt said no one was injured and his Ocala company’s rig wasn’t damaged.

“I haven't had any of these happen before,” he said. “We got good workers.”

Hunt estimated the hole to be 80 feet long, 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep.

“It’s still getting bigger," he said.

Unfortunately, Hunt added, the hole was creeping towards the home’s foundation, and another, smaller hole opened in the back of the lot. 

Hunt said he reported the incident to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, his permitting agency.

He also called 911 to make sure Citrus County Fire Rescue firefighters could tape off the scene to keep curious people from getting close.

"That's why we called, for safety," Hunt said. 

In July 2015, a well-drilling truck fell into a sinkhole that opened up on a Pine Ridge property while crews were drilling out casing. A 250-ton crane had to be used to remove the 56,000-pound truck, according to reports.

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