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Crews work to clear loose rock on Rims

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

You may remember in June, a large boulder came rolling down the side of the Rims and crashed right on to property on Mountain View Blvd, damaging not only the house, but a vehicle as well. Well, the city of Billings is looking to prevent that from happening again. 

As of about 8am Thursday morning, a construction crew from the Terracon Engineering Firm was on the Rims removing large slabs of rocks that could possibly fall. As Geologist Dan Nebel says, they do it through a procedure called pillow technology.

"The pillow technology is what it is, it uses air pressure and basically there a rubber square and you use pressurized air to inflate them," Nebel said.

Safety is always a top priority and the sooner that the Rims can be secured, the safer the citizens who live below will be.

"If it's in a position where you can go ahead and push the rock off, make it fall, and then other than wait for it to happen at some odd time and possibly injure somebody or damage some property."

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