A 90-foot-wide sinkhole swallowed a carport in Frostproof on Monday and nearly took down the nearby house.
And it all happened in less than two hours.
Cory Greenway, who lives at 1600 County Road 630 West with his 72-year-old father, Bobby, said he knew it was bad about 9:30 a.m. when he saw the ground pulling away from the free-standing carport, near the family’s well.
“I knew right then that we were in trouble,” he said. “The ground was starting to sink in behind the back corner of house. I called the county for help and started calling my friends.”
Cory Greenway and his neighbors rescued a four-wheeler from the carport before the structure tumbled about 50 feet into the sinkhole. They backed two trailers up to the house, took out the sliding glass doors and brought as much out of the newly renovated house as they could.
“We got as much as we could carry,” he said. “I really don’t know what all we have. It’s all just a blur to me right now.”
Cory Greenway, 29, said he could see the walls of the sinkhole expand as he moved things from the only home he’s ever known.
“I could see the ground move and hear things popping,” he said. “There wasn’t much I could do but stand there and watch. It was really unnerving.”
As a precaution, authorities evacuated three mobile homes in the Southern Pines Resort that abuts the Greenway property.
The residents were soon cleared to go home. The Sheriff’s Office also briefly closed County Road 630.
Polk sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Chauncey said Monday night that the sinkhole slowly continued to expand through the day, but hasn’t caused any additional damage.