A Wildwood community is upset about losing the lake that has been the centerpiece of its neighborhood.

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WILDWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) - A Wildwood community is upset about losing the lake that has been the centerpiece of its neighborhood.

According to measurements, Lake Chesterfield started dropping over the summer. There is limestone under the lake and experts believe that is why it started leaking. The Lake Chesterfield Board of Trustees is in charge of maintaining the body of water. It tells NewsChannel 5 it called in a geologist and engineering firm to help find the problem. It was advised to slowly drain the lake to find the leak. But in the process, crews were not able to close the valve. So the decision was made to allow the lake to drain completely.

Some residents in the area say they don't agree with the decision and believe more could have been done to save the lake. They're also upset about the thousands of fish that died in the process.

The board says it does have people actively looking for the leak in order to fix it. It also says it looked into saving the fish, but the process would have been too costly. Residents say it will take years for the lake and fish to return to the state they were in before the water was drained.

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