A family in one home near Tampa is watching their backyard closer than ever after discovering a massive hole starting to form just feet away.
Paul Ivory told NBC affiliate WFLA-TV he discovered the hole Saturday outside the home in Pasco County near the corner of a fence when he went outside to mow the backyard.
“Oh my God, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what… that’s a sinkhole. I’m like how did that happen so fast,” Ivory told the station.
Ivory called Pasco County Emergency Management, who sent local firefighters to the home and told them to keep a close eye on the hole.
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County officials painted around the hole and said if it touches the paint, the Ivory family will have to stay somewhere else.
Officials haven’t declared it a sinkhole just yet or determined a cause. Ivory believes downpours from last week’s Tropical Storm Elsa caused the hole to open and hopes the county can find a way to fix it.
“Had I been mowing the grass, I would’ve fell in and got killed by the lawnmower. Thank goodness it happened at night. We don’t want the pets over there,” he said.