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Boulder Blocks US-19 West

Updated: Monday, January 21 2013, 03:42 PM EST

Persistent rain loosened a boulder the size of a small house, dropping it on a mountain highway. Both lanes of US-19 West near Coxes Creek Rd in Yancey County are closed.

The rock was loosened from below a home and knocking power out as it fell. Officials say the boulder broke in three large parts.

Locals say the road closing is a big inconvenience.

The NCDOT hopes to have US-19 West reopened by Friday morning.

Thanks to Amy Barselou for posting this photo on the News 13's Facebook page.

Follow Ingrid Allstaedt on Twitter @IngridNews13


Boulder Blocks US-19 West

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