- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BENLD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities have evacuated some southern Illinois homes in response to damage caused by sinking ground above a collapsed Macoupin County mine.

Benld (Buh-NELD) Police Chief James Zirkelbach said Wednesday that no one was injured. The subsidence covered six square blocks.

He estimated 15 homes had damaged foundations and said four homes were evacuated as a precaution after methane gas leaks were detected in three structures.

The damaged area is four blocks from the site of the former Benld Elementary School, which was demolished and rebuilt elsewhere after a 2009 mine collapse left it unusable.

The Gillespie school district was awarded nearly $10 million in a lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad, whose predecessors were subsidiaries of a company that mined the area where the school was built.

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