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Sinkhole or cavern?

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 9:49 am

What was initially thought to be a sinkhole near Washington District Elementary has turned out to be so much more. It was at the end of a facility update to the Westmoreland County School Board in August that Superintendent Dr. Perry informed them of the recent discoveries made under the grounds near the school. It was the result of spending the day examining what turned out to be an underground chamber.

Due to the environmental concerns, Dr. Perry notified Emergency Management, especially since he didn’t know if they were dealing with a sinkhole or something else entirely. According to Dr. Perry, it was pretty much pure dumb luck that nobody had fallen through yet, as the only thing that was over the initial hole was the sod and grass.

“I don’t know how we didn’t lose a lawn mower,” he commented. “The good news is that we’re pretty sure it’s not a sinkhole. However, after looking at it initially and sending the video of it to some of the individuals in the county, they were suggesting that we just patch it by packing dirt down into it.”

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 9/12/18