Sinkhole suspected in disappearing St. Louis County lake

9 months 5 days 19 hours ago May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016 Tuesday, May 17 2016 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 2:03:00 AM CDT in News
By: Madeline Odle, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

VALLEY PARK (AP) — Officials are trying to determine why a small lake in Lone Elk Park near Valley Park in St. Louis County is disappearing.

A local station reports that park officials noticed Saturday that water levels in the man-made lake were dropping, perhaps by as much as 7 feet.

The reason is unclear but one theory is that a sinkhole collapsed under the lake, which is the centerpiece of a park that features roaming elk and bison. The lake is a popular fishing spot, too. Officials say the bass in the lake will die if it keeps drying up.

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