Eureka, Mo. – A large sinkhole is draining a 50-year-old man-made lake at Lone Elk Park in St. Louis County.
Park officials told the media that the water level in the lake has dropped substantially due to the newly formed sinkhole. The leakage of water started on Sunday night and is still continuing.
The lake is located in Lone Elk Park near Interstate 44 and Valley Park. It is a man-made lake, covering over 17 acres of area. It is the main source of water for herds of elk and bison in the park. The underneath ground is composed of limestone and clay.
This is the second time a sinkhole has appeared in this lake. In 2016, a sinkhole drained the lake water too. At that time, St. Louis County Parks Operations Manager Jim Gerken said the limestone rock is susceptible to sinkholes, it creates a lot of caves and streams. The sinkhole that emerged in 2016 was relatively smaller than the recent one. The park officials grouted the previous sinkhole by pouring concrete slurry in it.
The officials are still planning how to cope with this situation. Meanwhile, they have advised people to stay away from the lake. “The lake at Lone Elk is leaking. The Parks Department is aware and will assess the situation once the water level stabilizes. Road and trail access is not impacted and the park remains open,” the county stated.
To find out more about nearby sinkholes in St. Louis County, check this St. Loius County sinkhole map.