Don’t fall in: Warning signs likely to be posted at 2 swallow holes

by Michael Mosher on February 15, 2018

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The possibility of someone falling into one of the swallow holes in Wilson’s Creek — and being sucked underground — might soon lead to some warning signs at that location.

Errin Kemper, assistant director of Environmental Services, said the city will work with Ozark Greenways and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to post appropriate signage near the swallow holes, which are a short distance from an Ozark Greenway trail.

“The concern is that somebody could fall in if they didn’t know about it,” Kemper said Wednesday. “Warning signs are one of the things that has been discussed.”

The holes are south of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

A three-foot-wide swallow hole appeared last year in the creek bed in Wilson’s Creek, and it has been sucking water underground ever since. It’s believed that water emerges at Rader Spring about a mile downstream.

In recent weeks, a much larger swallow hole six or seven feet wide suddenly appeared next to the original one. It appears to be funneling large amounts of water underground beneath the edge of the creek where curious visitors typically might stand to get a look at the unusual holes.

It’s unknown how far back the bank has been undercut. Last week, both swallow holes appeared to be large enough and deep enough that they could trap a human who happened to fall in.

Kemper said fencing the swallow holes off from public view wouldn’t work because the fencing likely would wash away the first time the creek floods.

The city is now trying to find the right wording on signs to convey how dangerous the swallow holes are, without encouraging more people to try to walk off the trail and see them.

Years ago, Kemper said the city posted warning signs and a fence around a large sinkhole on south Campbell Avenue. But that’s not an area where signs and fencing would typically wash away.

Kemper said he didn’t have a timeframe for when the warning signs at the swallow hole site might be installed.

 

 

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