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Blanchard Elementary sinkhole being repaired

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Repairs outside Blanchard Elementary School after a sinkhole formed in the parking lot. Repairs outside Blanchard Elementary School after a sinkhole formed in the parking lot.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Repairs are being made to fill in a sinkhole that formed in the parking lot outside Blanchard Elementary School in Columbus Tuesday.

"The sinkhole was discovered after the front right wheel of a teacher's car as found in a five to six foot hole," Muscogee County School District spokesperson Valerie Fuller says. "Emergency restoration is underway."

There were no injuries reported. Parents were notified on the issue. The front parking lot is closed while work is being completed.

The following changes are being made regarding student pickup and dropoff while work is being completed:

Arrival: Students who are normally dropped off in the main parking lot will have to be dropped off in the bus loop. Parents should plan to leave home earlier until the repair is complete to minimize issues with drop off or pick-up.

Tardies: Will not be counted until the car line is gone in the morning, so it is important that no one compromise the safety of children by letting them exit the car anywhere except by the sidewalk in the bus loop.

Dismissal: The back path and front walk-up will remain the same. Bus riders will start loading buses at 2:15 rather than 2:25. Car riders will be delayed by 10 minutes to 2:40 and will be dismissed from the bus loop. Cars may not enter the bus loop until 2:40 to allow clearance of the buses; this will minimize any hold up for parents waiting in line. The school dismissal will continue in the bus loop until 3:00 p.m. After that, all remaining students will go to the office to wait for their rides.

Once we confirm the sinkhole is repaired, notifications will be sent to parents and normal routines will resume.

James Brierton

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