GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A large hole that opened in the road leading to a Georgetown elementary school may keep the street closed for the remainder of the school year, the city said Monday.

Keith Hutchinson, the city’s communications director, said someone first reported a hole “about the size of a large pizza” Friday on Woodlake Drive near Williams Drive, which is the most direct route to Ford Elementary School. That led the city to close the road and begin digging to find out what caused it.

An email sent to Ford Elementary families stated the following intersections still lead to campus:

  • Cedar Lake Boulevard at Williams Drive
  • Lakeside Ranch Road at Williams Drive

The sinkhole is not on district property, and the city is actively working to repair it, a Georgetown ISD spokesperson told KXAN.

School leaders referred to the hole as a “sinkhole” in their communication with families. However, the city said it’s calling it a “hole” or a “void” instead because conditions that cause sinkholes in places like Florida are different.

Currently, construction is underway along Williams Drive at Wildwood Drive, leading to lane closures, campus officials said. Campus officials cautioned drivers tack on extra time to their commutes while driving to campus.

Hutchinson said city crews are still removing pavement Monday and filling in material close to the hole. It remains unclear what caused the hole, though the city reported it’s looking into whether “flowing groundwater removed rock or dirt below the roadway.” Hutchinson added that an environmental contractor is now working with the city.  

Hutchinson warned the road could stay shut down past the last day of school, May 27.

“We want to ensure that the hole has been evaluated and the road repaired before it is opened again,” he said in an email Monday afternoon.

Ford Elementary will open its cafeteria at 7:20 a.m. to accommodate students arriving earlier due to the sinkhole and related traffic. Bus routes might be “adjust slightly” over the next few days due to this change.

“If bigger changes need to be made to routes and timing, families will be notified,” officials said in the email.

Extra police officers will be on campus this week to help manage traffic flow during arrivals and dismissals.

“At this time, we are unsure how long it will take for this to be resolved. The city is working hard on a resolution, but as you can imagine, nature has its own schedule,” Ford Elementary Principal Meredith Gandy said in the email. “For now, we’ll take it a day at a time. We’ll do our best to accommodate this week and appreciate your patience as we work through this together.”