Possible Sinkhole Opens Up in Fla. Woman’s Backyard

June 4, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Behind a home in Orange County, Fla., a possible sinkhole has opened up, sucking down trees as well as part of a swimming pool and the water.

“I must be dreaming,” homeowner Suzanne Blumenauer told Orlando Sentinel. “I didn’t know what to think.”

The sinkhole is estimated to be 30 or 40 feet deep.

“We don’t even know if it is a sinkhole,” Robert Amato, an Orange County building inspector, told the paper. “It doesn’t look like it moved since yesterday.”

The hole was around 20 feet from the back door of Blumenauer’s home. She decided to stay with a friend until local officials say it’s safe.

A local official said the sinkhole is around 20 feet across.

“I said, ‘Karen, I have a sinkhole in the back yard,'” Blumenauer recalled telling her friend, according to WFTV. “I think I might be dreaming. I didn’t know what to think, [and] then I realized there’s a hole in the ground.”