Man Stumbles Into Hole

9 years 8 months 3 weeks ago October 29, 2007 Oct 29, 2007 Monday, October 29 2007 Monday, October 29, 2007 5:58:42 PM CDT in News

Howard Embry ended up with his leg down in an unseen cistern - a large hole where the county used to collect water.

"You really have no time to think, its just that quick. Whether there is dirt over it, I couldn't tell you, but I just went down like that, quick flash and everything," explained Embry.

The caved-in hole was uncovered, but the county filled it in and says it is now safe to walk on.

"I don't think its any concern whatsoever, especially now it's filled in. They put a fence up around it once the hole had been noticed, and until the road department got here it was covered over or covered up with a fence," said Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf.

Now, both the Boonville Public Works Director and Missouri Department of Natural Resources said the biggest concern regarding cisterns is that a majority of them are buried, making them almost impossible to find. And there aren't any public records detailing where to find the old water collectors.

Embry did not suffer any major injuries and is glad no one got seriously hurt.

He is not looking for any legal actions, but does think his medical costs should be paid.

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