GROVELAND -- A boil water advisory is in effect for some Groveland residents including a school after a large sinkhole opened up late Sunday afternoon.
The sinkhole is located by Iowa Avenue and East Waldo Street. Cecil Gray Middle School is about two blocks away from the sinkhole. The school is open despite the boil water alert.The sinkhole, which is 65 feet deep and 45 feet wide, caused a water main break, stopping water service for some people living in the area.
The City of Groveland issued a “Precautionary Boil Water Notice” for areas south of Hwy 50 to Anderson Road, and west of SR 33 to Lake Avenue.
Residents are advised to boil all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient.
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As an alternative bottled water may be used. Residents can pick up bottled water at Fire Station 95, located at 450 W. Orange Street. This boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.
One person had to be evacuated, but no one was injured.
Sinkholes are a natural occurrence here in Florida, according to the state Department of Environmental protection.
They happen when underlying bedrock dissolves and are often triggered by extended periods of drought, then heavy rains.
They are especially prevalent in Central Florida, as well as the Tampa area.
Last week a new sinkhole opened up at the site of a sinkhole that killed a Hillsborough County man. On Feb. 28, 2013, Jeffrey Bush, 37, was killed when a large sinkhole opened up beneath his bedroom at 240 Faithway Drive. That house and the two homes on either side of it were later demolished.