4 sinkholes open in The Villages retirement community

A spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says the new sinkholes opened up Monday in The Villages following a week of nonstop rain in central Florida. (WFLA)

THE VILLAGES — Four sinkholes have opened up in a fast-growing retirement community in Florida, including one in front of a home that was abandoned months ago because of an earlier sinkhole.

A spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says the new sinkholes opened up Monday in The Villages following a week of nonstop rain in central Florida.

No evacuations were ordered as of Monday afternoon.

Spokeswoman Lauren Lettelier says the sinkholes are in a golf course community lined with homes and a lake. Two homes and three people were evacuated from the neighborhood in February because of a sinkhole.

Of the four new sinkholes, one is underneath the lake, two are in yards and one is in a road in front of one of the abandoned homes.

WFLA showed images on a live video on its Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

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