Athens Officials Seek Federal Help In Boulder Removal

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Officials are seeking federal funding to remove a massive rock from a southeast Ohio cliff where a similar boulder fell and crushed a car in March.

They've been monitoring the hill in Athens since a boulder weighing roughly 100 tons crashed onto a car and damaged a home, utility poles, a water line and other vehicles. No one was hurt.
The state has requested federal mine reclamation funding to remove a rock that's still on the cliff, which was created by clay mining. The estimated removal cost is $100,000.
The head of the city's Department of Engineering and Public Works says the remaining boulder is about the same size as the one that fell and has been cracked and undercut by erosion.