HANNIBAL (WGEM) — Missouri Governor Mike Parson toured flood-damaged areas in Northeast Missouri on Monday, making his first stop in Hannibal.
Parson was joined by Hannibal Mayor James Hark, Emergency Management Director John Hark, State Senator Cindy O’Laughlin, State Representative Louis Riggs, a representative from the National Guard and other city officials.
The governor said he wanted to do everything he could at a state level to help Missouri communities that have been impacted by the flooding, especially smaller communities with limited resources.
Mayor Hark told the governor that Hannibal was in pretty good shape as far as being protected from the flood. Hark gave credit to Parson for sending the National Guard to Hannibal to help finish raising the flood wall.
Hark also spoke about how volunteers in the community, not only worked to help in Hannibal, but also sandbagged and shared resources with other communities in the region.
“Whether it was the tornadoes last week or the flooding that is going on, I’ll tell you one thing, as governor of the state of Missouri, you see a lot of incredible Missourians out there. And I don’t care whether it’s school kids, their teachers or everyday citizens. You see a lot of people out there helping one another out,” said Parson.
Parson warned that the flood fight will be a “long haul” and it would be a long time before the rivers go back to normal.
Parson also said a big concern for him is the condition of the roads and other infrastructure when the water goes down.
Parson assured residents that he was working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and he believed that relief would be coming.
Parson also planned to stop in Canton and Clarksville.