Cumberland Trace Elementary in Bowling Green is dealing with a familiar issue: a large sinkhole.
This brings to mind the memorable incident at Bowling Green’s National Corvette Museum in 2014, where numerous cars were swallowed by a sinkhole.
The sinkhole at Cumberland Trace Elementary gained attention when Brandon Jarrett shared a photo of it on Facebook, causing it to quickly go viral and raising questions about its cause.
The sinkhole phenomenon can be explained by Andrea Erhardt, a geochemistry professor at the University of Kentucky. She points out that the presence of limestone in the region is responsible for this occurrence.
Over time, water dissolves the limestone, forming caves that can eventually collapse, leading to sinkholes.
Due to Bowling Green’s location on Karst topography, which is prone to sinkholes, the area is more susceptible to such incidents.
However, it is reassuring to know that while sinkholes cannot be easily prevented, they are unlikely to cause harm.
Prompt action is being taken to repair the sinkhole at Cumberland Trace Elementary, and fortunately, no injuries were reported.
It is worth noting that other cities in Kentucky, such as Fort Knox, Elizabethtown, and Lexington, also lie on Karst topography.
Researchers estimate that about 55% of Kentucky is underlain by rocks that have the potential to develop Karst terrain over time. Despite the occasional occurrence of sinkholes, it is important to understand that they are manageable and pose minimal risk to the community.
To find out more about sinkholes in Warren County, check the Warren County maps page.