Orlando, Florida. April 2nd, 2011.

Lake County school officials are filling a 30-foot deep sinkhole that opened last night at Sorrento Elementary School.

School employees noticed around 9 p.m. Thursday a nearby retention pond that had been filled by this week’s heavy rain went bare.

“The retention pond magically emptied,” school-district spokesman Chris Patton said.

Officials then saw the sinkhole near the school bus loop about a football field away from the main building. There was no damage to the bus loop.

As a precaution, buses unloaded students this morning at the parent dropoff zone in front of the school.

Officials hope to fill the hole within an hour or two, Patton said.

“We’re pretty lucky,” he said, because the county owns nearby property and had some dirt to spare. “They’re letting us use that dirt,” he explained.

No injuries were reported, Patton said. The area where the sinkhole appeared is fenced off.

Sorrento Elementary opened this school year. There are 780 student enrolled there.

 

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