The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

March 4, 2013

VIDEO: Geologists working to determine if cave-in near Galena is threat to highway

Geologists examing sinkhole west of Galena that developed Sunday

GALENA, Kan. — Geologists with the Kansas Department of Transportation drilled under the eastbound lanes of Kansas Highway 66 at the western edge of Galena on Monday where a large hole in the earth opened up Sunday.

The hole is about 10- to 15-feet across and at least 30-feet deep, according to officials. It is south of the highway and about six feet off of the shoulder.

Motorists were being warned to reduce their speed coming into Galena and eastbound traffic was narrowed to one lane Monday.

According to Dick Ryan, KDOT regional geologist, crews were drilling in different spots near the hole to determine if the void reached under the roadbed.

“We have to drill down at least 30 feet to see what we get into near the highway,” Ryan said. “We will do a few holes to see if the void does in fact, go near the highway.”

If crews do not find any further danger to the highway, they will fill in the hole. That could be completed by Tuesday morning, Ryan said.

“We have some tough material and we are going through bits here, which is to be expected,” Ryan said of the drilling. “This has been roughly two hours for the first dig and then we will move down the road and check again.”

 

 

He said the lane closing could continue into the middle of the week if they run into complications.

Ryan said that recent precipitation in the area could have led to the cave-in.

“Most likely there is a void that was mined out at one point and it is just now collapsing because heavy rain or snow can lubricate the soil and you will get that collapse,” Ryan said. “It isn’t an uncommon occurrence in Southeast Kansas, but it is something we take seriously.”

Green parrot

One of the more notable cave-ins in Galena developed under the rear of the Green Parrot Bar, 319 Main St., in July 2006. It caused the rear of the building to suddenly begin sliding into the cave-in. The bar eventually was demolished.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Ballot issues dominate GOP event

    A maze of campaign yard signs lined the sidewalk at Big Spring Park, leading up to a line of local candidates for public office with rolled-up sleeves shaking hands with potential voters.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mike Pound: It’s time for some football

    The arrests, the announced suspensions and the contract disputes can mean only one thing: Somebody is ready for some football.

    July 24, 2014

  • Landfill opponents seek answers

    The Baxter Springs High School auditorium was filled with hundreds of Cherokee County residents Thursday night as Galena city officials answered questions and listened to comments regarding a proposed landfill at Riverton.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hanaway says leadership missing under Gov. Nixon

    When Republican gubernatorial hopeful Catherine Hanaway walked into the banquet room at Granny Shaffer’s Restaurant this week, she was greeted by some of Joplin’s more prominent business leaders.

    July 24, 2014

  • Neosho athletes bring home silver

    For 19-year-old Dominque Dechant, it was the trip of a lifetime. She and three other athletes from Neosho traveled last month to Newark, New Jersey, as part of the Missouri Special Olympics girls basketball team.

    July 24, 2014

  • r072414msw.jpg VIDEO: Carterville company expands to third generation

    What began as Ray “Mac” McCoy’s side job in his home 55 years ago has grown not only in square footage and reach, but in generations. This summer, a third generation took over the reins of MSW — Mac’s Specialty Woodwork — that now exceeds 90,000 square feet and creates custom furniture for chain restaurants coast to coast.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Shrine Bowl band, cheerleaders, players arrive in Pittsburg this week

    Band members were the first Kansas Shrine Bowl participants to arrive at Pittsburg State University this week.

    July 24, 2014

  • Galena council rescinds landfill decisions

    The Galena City Council voted Wednesday to rescind decisions it made two weeks ago regarding a proposed landfill at Riverton.

    July 23, 2014

  • Miami council waives fees for barbecue event

    The Miami City Council voted Tuesday to waive $3,750 in usage fees for Miami Elks Lodge No. 1320 for an upcoming barbecue championship at the Miami Fairgrounds.

    July 23, 2014

  • Carthage prepares for Marian Days

    The 37th annual Marian Days celebration will start in two weeks, and planning is well under way for the event that will bring tens of thousands of Catholics of Vietnamese descent to Carthage.

    July 23, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Amendment 8 in Missouri proposes a special lottery ticket to help fund state veterans homes. How will you vote?

For it.
Against it.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter