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Experts Reflect on Bridgeport Sinkhole
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on August 29, 2013 @ 7:27PM
Created on August 28, 2013 @ 5:57PM

Over in a Bridgeport something everyone seems to be talking about, a sinkhole in the Burger King parking lot.

The hole started off about as wide as one parking spot, by the afternoon it was easily as wide as two. Police on scene said it is growing and is at least 30 feet deep. Burger King officials have blocked off the area to ensure safety, but the restaurant is still open.

The Director of Operations at Burger King told 5 News that this is not a sinkhole. He said it was caused by a faulty drain, but there is no safety issue to the building.

5 News reached to a Geologist in the area to learn a little more about this and he said a basic term of a sinkhole is really anything being sucked into the ground. He said he can't say what happened here without more research, but typically a sinkhole is caused by limestones in the ground. In basic terms, when natural water gets in the ground it reacts with those limestones and makes the ground give way. But experts say it's hard to figure out what is going on with this one because typically limestone is not found in this area.

"Unfortunately, it's very hard to predict what's going on because this has been an extremely wet summer also. So there's a lot of ground floating around down there and sometimes that can wash out soils and things like that underneath the surface," said Kenneth Ashton. Geologist. 

Once 5 News finds out definitely what's happening with this sinkhole in Bridgeport we'll be sure to let you know.


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