THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman called police because she thought she heard a prowler. She actually was hearing the first of several sinkholes that have opened up in a Florida retirement community, displacing seven people.

The Villages resident Doris Morrill says she heard a creaking noise at about 1 a.m. Thursday. Suspecting a prowler, she called police. Several hours later, she heard another creaking noise and noticed a crack on the floor of her home. Then she noticed the hole opening up outside.

County Emergency Management Director Preston Bowlin tells the Ocala Star-Banner that five more sinkholes have opened up since Morrill's call.

Two homes have been condemned and two have been evacuated. Power has been cut to all four.


Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner,