• Sinkhole drains small lake in Ocala


    OCALA, Fla. - A sinkhole has apparently swallowed a small lake in an Ocala neighborhood.
    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."
    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.

    "We watched. It took about 20 minutes, but it consumed all the rest of the water at the far end (of the lake)," said resident Constance Quigley.

    Woodland Villages has about 700 residents living in estate homes, condominiums, townhomes and patio homes. Herren says a similar incident happened in 1996.

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