Flooding leads to sinkholes

National News

December 6, 2019 - 9:43 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of sinkholes, some up to 12 feet deep, are dotting the landscape in the small southeastern Missouri city of Caruthersville, forcing road detours, swallowing sections of people’s yards and leaving city leaders scrambling to make repairs.

Months of flooding along the Mississippi River are to blame for the problems in the city of 6,000 people, which was “built on a swamp,” according to Mayor Sue Grantham. The nearly four dozen sinkholes have caused an estimated $4.5 million in damage, and things may get worse.

The holes range wildly in size, but the largest are up to 10 feet wide and up to 12 feet deep, Grantham estimated.

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