Hole forces Lake Nona family to evacuate

- Orlando police said one home in a Lake Nona neighborhood had to be evacuated when a large hole formed in the middle of the street.

Neighbors said the hole opened Saturday, but doesn’t appear to be a naturally occurring sinkhole.

Several people said the ground washed out around the underground utilities inside the hole and at least one line was gushing water.

Orlando police said the hole is about 30 feet wide and - at its deepest - goes about 15 feet down.

It reaches from sidewalk to sidewalk across Eagle Ray Lane.

Security inside the gated Village Walk neighborhood denied media access to see the hole Sunday, but several neighbors provided pictures and firsthand accounts of the damage.

“It looked like a sewer line gushing, and it washed out a big section of the roadway and close to a house,” said Carl Selfe.

Resident Lisa Richardson showed several photos of the hole swallowing trees, streetlights and getting dangerously close to that home.

Neighbors said the residents of that home, a family, had to get what they could from inside and relocate until the situation is fixed.

Whatever the cause of the hole, it also effected a portion of Lake Nona Boulevard, where the road is shut down from Nautica Drive to Inagua Drive.

A hole also formed in the center of that section, much smaller than the one in the neighborhood, but causing severe damage to the roadway around it and making the area not driveable for now.

No timeline has been given for repairs.

There are no reports of injuries as a result of the damage.

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