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Rain washes away road in KCK, forces family to evacuate from home

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Recent rain washed a portion of North 33rd Terrace away and the current road condition has left one family's living situation in limbo.

While many people in the metro are drying out wet basements in their homes, the Barnett family was forced to evacuate and speculated it would be months before they could return to their home.

A guard rail that once lined a stretch of the road is no longer there, and a utility pole that provides power to the home is precariously close to toppling over.

As a result, the city told the Barnetts to evacuate on Friday.

"Once the rains came, everything just shifted," Artie Mae Barnett said. "It looks like an earthquake, it's what it really looks like. I just noticed that some of those trees are half their height because they've sunk down so low, and just to see the earth separate from the road."

The Barnetts said they feel fortunate to have escaped their home unharmed. They are lucky to have friends and relatives to stay with in Grandview, Mo.

The washout affects only access to their house at the end of the street and it's unclear if vehicles will be able to drive to it again.

Engineers are scheduled to inspect the damages for the Unified Government. But it could take months before the street can handle vehicle traffic again.

North 33rd Terrace in Kansas City, Kan, washed away in the rain.

North 33rd Terrace in Kansas City, Kan, washed away in the rain.

North 33rd Terrace in Kansas City, Kan, washed away in the rain.

North 33rd Terrace in Kansas City, Kan, washed away in the rain.

North 33rd Terrace in Kansas City, Kan, washed away in the rain.

North 33rd Terrace in Kansas City, Kan, washed away in the rain.