Playground Removed Ahead of Oxford Sinkhole
Officials are keeping close tabs on the growing sinkhole in Oxford. The hole continued to grow over the weekend and new cracks are developing in the pavement near the Lions Club.
In a press release issued today, officials say more cracks are forming in the paved area, while existing cracks are expanding, and more earth is falling into the hole.
Current information suggests the sinkhole is expanding toward the playground and Lions Den, toward the northeast. Most of the playground equipment was removed from the park yesterday as officials noted cracks were appearing on the paved parking lot and toward the playground. The equipment is in storage for safekeeping.
The press release said, “We are seeking the assistance of professionals to assist us in establishing benchmarks,” but the one who made the comment was not identified.
The town hopes people with specific experience and knowledge of sinkholes may help them determine how large an area needs to be secured as the affected area expands. They are also hoping for advice on what additional resources may be required, and how to determine when the area might be considered safe again.
Emergency personnel will continue making daily measurements to monitor the progress of the hole and cracks.
The report suggests there is no risk to infrastructure today. Reassessments will be conducted each morning.
People are urged to stay away from the area. Onlookers have only added to the danger.
The hole first appeared as an indentation in the ground, but it collapsed last Monday evening for all to see. Early on, the sinkhole consumed a large tree and a picnic table. Since then, another tree and bushes have fallen into the ever-growing hole.
All of this is happening just across the street from Oxford's wild blueberry landmark, shown in the photo.