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Rising river levels impacts Hannibal riverfront project

Rising river levels are causing problems for Hannibal’s riverfront project.

The contractor for the project is Bleigh Construction and they already removed all of their equipment because on Friday these flood gates will go in.

Hannibal Parks and Recreation officials said crews have already shut down their work in anticipation of flood waters.

Officials expect the river to crest at around 22.8 feet sometime next week.

They said that means work on the riverfront will be shut down for a couple of weeks.

“It’s definitely frustrating when things don’t go as planned but when you’re dealing with mother nature, you just never know what’s in store,” said Aron Lee with the parks department. “So yeah obviously we want this to run on track and on time as much as possible with how large of a project it is.”

Lee said the contract for the project accounts for weather delays like flooding.

He said if these gates have to go in multiple times throughout the spring, that could delay the expected fall finish for the riverfront project.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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