Large sinkhole opens in Ocala neighborhood, homes evacuated

By Bailey Myers , Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 10:28 AM EST

A sinkhole opened up in an Ocala neighborhood Wednesday night forcing residents to evacuate their homes.

Marion County Fire Rescue says they believe a water main break caused the sinkhole to open up.

The 20 feet by 50 feet sinkhole opened up in front of a home on SW 83rd Avenue Wednesday night in the Oak Run neighborhood which is west of Interstate 75.

Several homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Marion County Utilities and Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) shut off water and power to the area while crews try to get the hole stabilized.

The sinkhole opened up in front of a home on SW 83rd Avenue in Ocala on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2105. (Marion County Fire Rescue)