A Los Angeles-area high school is undergoing major repairs after its outdoor basketball courts collapsed due to buckled pavement, creating a drastic scene that appeared like a sinkhole out of a Hollywood movie.
As reported by Los Angeles network KTLA, Huntington Park’s Marquez High School saw its basketball courts collapse due to a breach of a “man-made water collection basin.” The courts had actually been fenced off for some time, minimizing the risk to students and anyone else who would have otherwise used the courts.
In fact, the thing that was made most clear about the incident is that the collapse was not due to a sinkhole, as LAUSD Chief Facility Executive Mark Hovatter stressed to KTLA.
“The most important thing to point out is this is not a sinkhole. A sinkhole implies that there’s some unknown factor and you don’t know how far it’s going to go,” Hovatter said. “We know exactly what this is, and how far it can go.”
Of critical import now is that the damage won’t spread further, and that it will be fixed. Where the school’s students will play their basketball until then remains to be seen.