Culvert in Rice County collapses, poses danger to drivers

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RICE COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Recent heavy rains are causing some serious problems in parts of Kansas. One road is so dangerous that county leaders are sending out a warning to drivers.

Tom Robl is the Rice County road and bridge supervisor. He showed KAKE News just how dangerous the stretch of 22nd Road is right now. 

About 400 people drive their cars across the road every day. Terra Raybern, who lives in the area, has seen the high water before, she said it happens every time it rains. Robl said it's more than just flooding this time. The culvert, a pipe that runs under the road to divert flood waters, has collapsed. 

The problem is if people drive over the road, it could cave in. "It could swallow an entire vehicle or maybe a truck," Robl said.

The "road closed" signs the county has put in place are there for a reason. If you choose to go around or move the barricades, it's a violation and you could be fined. 

Road crews are just waiting for the water to recede enough to get a fix in place. 

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