Cracks in walls force woman from her Palm Harbor home

By Fallon Silcox, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:14 AM EST

A woman was evacuated from her Palm Harbor home Tuesday night due to a possible sinkhole. 

  • Cracks in walls forces woman from her Palm Harbor home
  • Woman heard cracking sounds at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Structural engineers examining home today

Structural engineers and the Pinellas County Building Inspector are trying to determine the cause of the cracks. Pinellas County Utilities and Public Works officials also are at the scene.

Cracks began to show yesterday to the woman's home on Dorchester Drive in the Highland Estates subdivision. 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue officials responded to the home and found cracks in the outside and inside walls and a huge separation between the ceiling and wall in the living room area. 

Officials said the woman called for help around 11:30 p.m. She said she heard cracking sounds from throughout the home. 

She was evacuated and fire officials blocked off her entire house until they can determine what is causing the cracking. 

Authorities are not calling the situation a sinkhole just yet. Red Cross is on alert in case an evacuation is necessary.

A resident said the ordeal is concerning for the entire neighborhood. 

"I’m really scared and upset," said Highland Estates resident Mary Sharpe. "My girlfriend came down and the road was blocked and (she) rang my bell, my dogs went crazy, I came out and I just can’t believe this." 

Palm Harbor Fire officials did say sinkhole have not been an issue in this area previously.