TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) – The sinkhole that swallowed a Toyota Camry is continuing to grow, officials tell 10 Connects.
At last measurement it was 22 feet by 24 feet and 17 feet to the dirt on the bottom. The depth does not take into account where the Camry is, in fact, no one is quite sure how deep the car is.
The rear end of the car was completely covered by dirt by late last night.
Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officials tell 10 Connects the sinkhole does not appear to be directly impacting the structure of the Bordeaux Village condos on N. 50th Street, however it has grown to the staircase of the building.
Code enforcement was back out at the complex on Monday, assessing damage to the building.
Several families were evacuated from the row of condos after it was deemed unsafe.
Robin Caton, with Hillsborough Code Enforcement, says they will not allow anyone to move back in until an engineer determines the sinkhole has been stabilized and the building is safe.
The Red Cross has been assisting the families who were forced out by finding them hotel rooms for the next few days.
Caton says engineers hired by the property managers will determine how to fix the sinkhole and whether it makes sense to remove the car.
Vibrations in the ground could make the situation worse, sinkhole exerts say.
Caton says they have spoken to people who live in the neighborhoods near the complex, alerting them to the sinkhole and what they need to look out for in case a sinkhole develops on their property.
Calls to the Bordeaux Village management were not returned as of Monday afternoon.