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Family returning to Land O’ Lakes home after sinkhole filled

By Laura Kinsler
Published: December 20, 2013

LAND O’ LAKES — A Pasco family was allowed to return to their home Friday evening, one day after an apparent sinkhole opened up along the side of their house and under their living room.

“We have been cleared to get back into our home. All is well,” homeowner Kris Lock wrote in an email to the Tribune.

Lock said an engineer from Ram Jack foundation repair told them the house in the Asbel Creek subdivision off U.S. 41 was structurally sound despite the hole that extended 3-feet below their foundation. The sinkhole repair company had been working on a house next door for about two weeks, injecting concrete into the ground — a process called “grouting” — when the 10-foot by 20-foot hole formed along the side of Lock’s home Thursday.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office ordered the evacuation of both homes Thursday as a precautionary measure. Ram Jack workers on site immediately filled the hole with a mixture of sand and cement.

“They checked the walls inside, and everything looked good,” Lock said.