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torrential rain triggered the leak in Missouri


Residents of the affluent Wildwood suburb of St Louis, Missouri, woke last week to discover the 9ha Lake Chesterfield, around which the community is based, had disappeared down a sinkhole overnight. Days before, the lake level had risen following torrential rain, and geologists believe this triggered the leak into the underlying cavernous limestone. The man-made 3m deep lake and surrounding housing development was built in late 1980s and the cost of plugging the hole will fall to residents.

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