Crews still assessing cracks in Palm Harbor home

By Fallon Silcox, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:12 AM EST

The condition of a Palm Harbor home that began cracking Tuesday night appears to have stabilized.

  • Cracks in walls forces woman from her Palm Harbor home
  • Woman heard cracking sounds at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Crews to continue investigating

Pinellas County officials blocked off the entire area around the home located at 3305 E. Dorchester Drive in the Highland Estates subdivision. 

Pinellas County Utilities and Public Works officials conducted tests around the home to make sure water pipes and nearby roads weren't affected.

Cracks began to show in the home Tuesday around 11:30 p.m. The homeowner said she heard cracking sounds from throughout the home and called 911. She was evacuated from the home.

"I was…I woke up and there’s all kinds of noise going on in my house and the crown molding is coming away," Terry Reillo told 911 operators. "There’s cracks in the floor and in the wall.  I got to get outside."  

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. 

As for now, officials said they do not know what caused the cracking. Officials have not said there is a sinkhole under the home. 

County officials said since the location is private property, it will be up to Reillo to work with her insurance company to get structural engineers to continue working on the home. 

Authorities said they currently do not believe any other homes are in danger.