Authorities say a sinkhole has apparently swallowed a small lake in Ocala.
Woodland Villages Association property manager Wes Herren told the Ocala Star-Banner that something appeared wrong with the lake on Tuesday afternoon.
By 4:30 p.m., Herren says his phone was bombarded with calls from residents saying the lake was “essentially gone.”
Several residents reported the incident to the Ocala Police Department. A dispatch center operator was told of reports that there was no more water in the lake, and all that remained were globs of mud and floundering fish.
Herren says he called engineers, area contractors and the city’s public works department for help. By nightfall, the lake – which once took up about 5 acres and was up to 8-feet deep in places – was drained.
Woodland Villages has about 700 residents living in estate homes, condominiums, townhomes and patio homes. The sinkhole is in front of the subdivision’s club house.
Herren says a similar incident happened in 1996.
Information from: Ocala Star-Banner
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