Extensive rain causes boulder blunder near Beacon Dr. - KCTV5

Extensive rain causes boulder blunder near Beacon Dr.

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

With all the rain that's drenched the metro this week there's a concern one Kansas City street won't hold up and the concern only grows with more rain on the way.

The boulder created such a mess along East 63rd Street near Beacon Drive that traffic had to be rerouted.

"If we are going to have a large rock hit the road, then was pretty much the right time and place for it to happen," said Sean Demory with Kansas City, MO, Public Works.

The massive boulder crashed into 63rd Street about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and managed to avoid hitting a single car.

"It has a fair amount of traffic so that is an area we do keep an eye on," Demory said.

The westbound lanes of 63rd were closed immediately as crews worked to figure out what to do. In the end they knew there was no way to haul the heavy load away, so special equipment had to be brought in to break it up.

"Once we do that we will be able to get to the hill and get more dangerous rocks clear and out of the way," Demory said.

Public Works crews said the recent rains pushed the rock from the surface. Now they need to make sure more won't come tumbling down behind it. Demory said the city does study hillsides for this very reason, but they've never had any trouble in the specific area. Now it will be monitored closely.

Crews hope to have at least one lane back open by later Friday night.

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