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There are three sinkholes in the northwest corner of Audrain County, Missouri. The land around the sinkholes is made of old rock layers, including limestone and different kinds of soil. The region also has a lot of thick, heavy dirt and rocks left over from many past ice ages.

Missouri has 16,000 recorded sinkholes, Tennessee hosts more than 54,000, and Florida has approximately 12,000.

The largest documented sinkhole in Missouri spans around 700 acres and is located in western Boone County. However, the deepest sinkhole in the state, known as Slaughter Sink, measuring about 175 feet deep and covering an area of three to four acres, is located in Phelps County.

Furthermore, Perry County, Missouri, is home to over 300 sinkholes and boasts some of the longest caves in the state.

Audrain County boasts rich and fertile land, making it a leading agricultural county in the state of Missouri. Its primary crops include soybeans, grain sorghum, corn, and wheat.

Though once known for breeding saddle horses and mules on a national level, the county now focuses mainly on producing hogs and cattle.

Besides its thriving agriculture, Audrain County is home to several popular attractions, including Green Estate Park, Audrain County Historical Museum, Heritage Days Festival, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, and more.

These attractions promise to make your stay in Audrain County a memorable one.

In Audrain County, including cities such as Mexico, Vandalia, and Benton City, sinkholes can pose a serious threat.

While the sudden appearance of depression in the ground is a clear indicator of a sinkhole, there are other less obvious warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored, such as:

  • soft or spongy spots
  • new depressions in the ground
  • cracks in walls and ceilings or floors
  • water pooling around the home
  • sagging or bulging floors
  • tilting outdoor elements

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