Mysterious water at intersection leads to several icy wrecks in KC neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 51st Street neighbors are looking for answers after cars keep crashing at the Palmer Drive intersection.

The problem stems from what has been some mysterious water running across the road. At night when temperatures dip below freezing the water freezes and the road becomes icy.

KC Water came out to investigate, turned off the water main, but the flooded streets continued.

“All indications from our lab results and our survey is that it’s not city water that’s coming out of the ground,” Utility Superintendent Jeffrey Haskins said.

Haskins says after investigating, the problem seems to stem from one of several underground springs that have bubbled up around Kansas City.

“I believe it’s a problem that’s started due to the amount of ground saturation," Haskins said.

WreckedOver the past month Caitlin Coture estimates there have been 15 wrecks at the intersection. A number of them ended up in her yard. Car parts surround every tree where different cars have slid off the ice and come careening toward her home. In one case the still visible tire tracks stopped just a couple feet from her front door.

“It’s getting scary we actually rearranged our bedrooms our bed to the opposite wall from the front of the house,” Coture said.

We found call after call from neighbors to 311 the past month, but they feel little is being done.

“The police woman who was here the other night told us it’s been on their list for about eight months, nothing has happened.”

KC Water says they are aware of the issue and neighbors no longer need to call every time it freezes.

“Yes it is on our radar and yes it is on our list to keep salted,” Haskins said.

And perhaps the most welcome sound to neighbors now used to screeching tires? Haskins' response to neighbors wanting signs warning drivers of the icy curve.

“With you saying that I will follow up with that and see if we can obtain some signage for both ends to forewarn motorists travelling in the general area,” he said.



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