New photos show the extent of the damage to these priceless Corvettes. The pace car is buried and the Spyder is pretty crunched.
Work begins today to stabilize the gigantic sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, museum Executive Director Wendell Strode said this morning.
After setting up equipment and opening a hole in the Skydome's exterior to gain access inside, construction crews now will work on supporting the walls around the huge sinkhole. They'll clear out the concrete, rock and dirt and then the Corvettes as they become available to extract. This may take several weeks.
For daily updates on the sinkhole project, visit the museum's Facebook page, which has changed its profile photo to highlight "The Great Eight" that dropped into the 40-foot wide, 30-foot deep sinkhole.
Strode said that the project engineers do not believe there is any danger of more sinkhole activity at the museum. The rest of the Skydome and the museum are safe, he said, and the museum is open.
"This is Mammoth Cave territory," he said, "and it is different from any other place in the world. We have sinkholes (around here) regularly." title="Aerial view" rel="lightbox351745" He added that engineers are accustomed to working in these situations.
He also said that the museum worked around 77 sinkholes in the last nine months while constructing its new 184-acre MotorSports Park. This facility, which is adjacent to the museum, will open in August as part of the National Corvette Caravan activities.
Three other sinkholes in the area occurred on the same day as the museum's sinkhole. While there is technology today to build on sinkholes, Strode said one of the possible contributing factors for the local sinkhole activity could have been the more than normal rainfall the area has experienced over the past several years.