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7 Homes Now Condemned at Site of Massive Florida Sinkhole

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    RAW: Footage shows a sinkhole in Land O'Lakes in Pasco County after a large section collapsed. (Published Friday, Aug. 4, 2017)

    A total of seven houses have now been condemned at the site of a Florida sinkhole that swallowed two homes last month, officials said Monday.

    Pasco County officials said seven homes meet the criteria for demolition in the Land O'Lakes neighborhood where the sinkhole, which opened up July 14, is now about 260 feet wide at its widest point.

    Officials said crews were removing debris from the site and 125 dump trucks full of lime rock have been brought to the area. The cleanup is expected to take several months.

    Officials aren't sure what caused the destabilization, but think seismic vibrations from trucks and construction equipment around the hole could be to blame.

    Mother of 3, Who Cannot Read or Write, Earns US Citizenship

    [NATL] Mother of 3, Who Cannot Read or Write, Earns US Citizenship

    Jovita Mendez lived in the United States for 20 years before her family encouraged her to get her U.S. citizenship. Mendez, who does not know how to read or write, memorized all 100 civics questions for the naturalization test instead.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 23, 2017)