A Sinkhole Has Opened On The White House Lawn
And it's growing.
What you need to know
- A sinkhole several feet wide has opened on the White House lawn.
- It's located on the North Lawn just outside the press briefing room.
- It's growing.
They say that God works in mysterious ways, but in this case it might be more like nature. A sinkhole has opened on the White House lawn. And it's growing.
The sinkhole, first spotted by White House correspondents this week, appears to be on the North Lawn just outside the press briefing room.
Sinkholes have been plaguing Washington D.C. for a number of years, but this is the first known one on the White House grounds itself.
"This week I've been observing a sinkhole on the White House North Lawn, just outside the press briefing room, growing larger by the day," tweeted Voice of American correspondent Steve Herman.
"It was noticeably bigger between Sunday and Monday," he told Quartz, revealing that a second sinkhole has opened up right next to it.
"It's more than a foot long now."
The sinkhole has been cordoned off by police tape, as photographs from CNN photojournalist Mark Walz show.
"Perhaps due to the swampy weather in DC lately," noted CNN's Jim Acosta.
Sinkholes have been known to swallow cars, streets and even buildings whole, and tend to occur when rainwater erodes the ground underneath the land surface. Officials haven't said what caused this one to appear, but weather.com notes that Washington D.C. has received higher than average rainfalls over the last eight days.
Naturally, the comedic value in a sinkhole opening in Donald Trump's backyard was lost on absolutely no one.
By Tuesday, a green board had been placed over the sinkhole, as noted by ABC (the US one) correspondent Alex Mallin.
That will absolutely do the trick.