Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Sinkholes are relatively common in Florida, where porous rocks and heavy land development can create underground voids.
In the town of Dunedin, a young girl named Ivy Dupre started hearing cracks and banging noises from beneath her bedroom, where a large sinkhole was beginning to envelope her home.
"I wasn't sure if it was real at first. I thought maybe it was a joke, because I couldn't believe actually that it was happening," she said.
"She woke us up and saved us," Mike Dupre said of his daughter's quick thinking.
The growing sinkhole -- now 70 feet wide and 50 feet deep -- swallowed the Dupres' back bedroom, porch and their neighbor's pool. Seven homes in the area were evacuated as officials work to fill in the hole.
"The plan now [is] to fill the hole tomorrow before some rain is expected this weekend [that may] make it a lot worse," said Dunedin Fire Chief Jeff Parks.