For many people in the Hannibal area, Sawyer’s Creek is part of the start of spring and summer, but this year they haven’t opened yet at all because of flooding.
While officials there said they’re set to open this weekend, they’re keeping a close eye on the weather because that could change.
The general manager at Sawyer’s Creek said with the constant ups and downs of the river, they haven’t been able to get in at all with the entry road being underwater, and during the short periods that water wasn’t there, they spent cleaning up what the river had left behind. Meaning they’ve already missed out on a lot of visitors for the year, including a school trip, which they say could have a bigger impact long term.
“Because what happens is when these school kids come here and have a great time, they go home and talk to mom and dad, and they may make a day trip to come down and visit Hannibal and see what’s going on and visit some of the places their kids enjoyed,” said General Manager Jeannie Youngwirth.
She said the water from the Mississippi gets onto the road at around 24 feet, the river is expected to crest Thursday at 25.2.
Youngwirth also said it also impacts workers there who are out of a job until they’re able to open.