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Callaway County, MO FAQs

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), sinkholes are formed when water accumulates underground and there is no proper drainage system to remove them.

Over time, the water dissolves and erodes the bedrock, creating hollow spaces and caverns underground. This gradual process weakens the ground above until it eventually collapses, forming a sinkhole.

Currently, Missouri has around 16,000 documented sinkholes, including many in Callaway county.

Slaughter Sink is located in the vicinity of the small communities of Powellville and Clementine.

It’s a quarter-mile-long sinkhole that drops to approximately 175 feet, making it the deepest of the 16,000 reported sinkholes in Missouri.

The area around the sinkhole is characterized by the unique landscape formed by karst topography, commonly seen in states like Florida, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

If you suspect a sinkhole on your property, it’s essential to take immediate action to safeguard yourself and others from potential harm.

There are specific measures that you can take to ensure safety in such situations. The following steps are recommended when you come across a sinkhole in your yard or elsewhere in the house in Callaway County:

  • Keep away
  • Assess the severity (if it is deep or wide, contact building inspectors and vacate the house)
  • Rope or fence off the area
  • Contact an insurance company
  • Consult with a soil testing or engineering company
  • Monitor sinkhole for signs of growth
  • Avoid dumping things into it

Callaway County ranks in the 37th percentile for safety, with a crime rate of 40.07 per 1,000 residents. The residents of Callaway County generally consider the northwest part of the county to be the safest for housing and entertainment.

Although the cost of living varies from city to city, the average living cost in Callaway County is 15.4% lower than the U.S. average.

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