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GM design officials to oversee restoration of Corvettes damaged by sinkhole

You might have seen the heart-rending footage of several beautiful Corvettes being unceremoniously swallowed into a sinkhole this week, but help is on the way. According to USA Today on Thursday, design officials from General Motors are stepping in to oversee restoration efforts.

The help comes two days after eight Corvettes safely housed inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. fell into a 40-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep sinkhole early Wednesday morning, much to the dismay of classic car lovers everywhere.

"When you go in there, it's unreal," museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli told CNN of seeing the destruction.

Though 17 cars were saved from the Sky Dome they were displayed in, eight are in desperate need of attention, including the 1 millionth and 1.5 millionth Corvettes ever built. Work is expected to begin today as construction crews secure the area and and work to extract the affected cars from the sinkhole. The extraction process could reportedly take up to six days to complete.

Edward Welburn, GM's vice president of Global Design, is overseeing the restoration project. Once the cars are removed from the sinkhole, they will be sent to a GM specialty shop where officials will assess the damage and decide on the best course of action to restore them. There is currently no set timetable for when the damaged cars will be ready for display again.

Construction crews are also being tasked with installing a new flooring system to ensure sinkholes are not a problem in the future. As for the cost, sympathetic car lovers can contribute to the cause, as the museum is now accepting tax-deductible donations.