Sinkhole opens at Codington Elementary School

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Small sinkhole at Codington Elementary School (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Traffic in and out of Codington Elementary School will be impacted for the next couple of weeks because of a sinkhole that opened on campus late this afternoon.

New Hanover County Schools Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday says a water drain pipe either came apart or broke. Water eroded the soil underneath and that compromised the asphalt. The sinkhole is about 12 inches deep and about 5 yards wide, Holliday said.

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He says this sinkhole is not like the significant one they had over the summer at Bellamy Elementary School which caused the road to be closed.

The sinkhole at Codington is in the parent pickup line. The school is going to reroute parent pickup and dropoff in the mornings and afternoons. Holliday says the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will help with extra traffic.

The school district will access the problem and see what needs to be done. If it’s a quick fix it will be repaired soon, but if’s a bigger problem it will be fixed during fall intercession, which begins September 25.



Holliday says the principal will be notifying parents tonight.