A handful of residents who were evacuated after a sinkhole opened up in their Dunedin neighborhood Thursday were allowed to return to their homes today after the sinkhole was filled with dirt, authorities said.
On Thursday, a sinkole opened up underneath a house at 1112 Robmar Road and the one next to it, at 1100 Robmar Road. Those two houses had to be demolished as a result, and five houses nearby — two others on Robmar Road and another three on Mary Jane Lane, a block over — were evacuated until the hole, which measured 90 feet across and 56 feet deep, was filled with dirt.
Crews began filling in the sinkhole with dirt on Friday and finished today. In the end, it took 300 truckloads — about 6,000 cubic yards of dirt — to fill it. Residents were allowed to return to their homes this afternoon, said Jeff Parks, chief of the Dunedin Fire Department.
One of the effected homes was vacant when the sinkhole opened up, Parks said.
Neighbors said Robmar Road — which is in a middle-class neighborhood lined with ranch-style single-family homes near Dunedin High School and just north of downtown — has had problems with sinkholes. Years ago, part of the street itself collapsed. While Pinellas County isn’t as sinkhole-prone as neighboring Pasco and Hillsborough counties, Dunedin has a history of sinkhole problems.