As the Mississippi River continues to drop, life and business is starting to get back to normal in Hannibal.
“We were targeting the start the end of March so the middle of May? I guess we’ll take it,” said Terry.
“On our dinner cruise groups that we had, most of those were motor coach groups so we were able to move them into places like the Rialto or the Mark Twain Museum and offer them all the experience except for the boat ride and quite honestly the way the weather has been, they were probably happier at those locations than on the boat,” said Terry.
“The mess we have to clean up is all the mud and sludge which was super thick this time around just because it sat there so much longer,” said Sawyer’s Creek GM Jeanne Youngwirth.
“This was probably the wildest I had ever seen the Mississippi River,” said Youngwirth. “It was actually quite impressive if you could get past the thought of what you were in store for when you get back in.”
“This plywood on these gates, everything is marked and titled and so forth. It’ll all be stored in one spot and it will be much simpler and easier to put them back up again if that becomes necessary or we’ll have them available down the road one of these days if we have another major flood where we need them,” said Hark.
Hark said if the river is forecast to come up above 20.5 feet, two of the gates go in.
If the river is expected to rise over 21.5 feet, all of the gates go in.
And if the river climbs to over 27 feet, the sandbags and plywood are installed to raise the levee.
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