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Hannibal residents continue to monitor river levels

Many people think the fight on the Mississippi River is done, but it’s far from it.

Past the road closed marker, along Highway 79, next to a flooded road, there was a moving truck on Wednesday.

“My daughter and her boyfriend are moving into this house here.” said Rolla, Missouri resident Darel Luechtefeld. “Because the river being up, we can’t get to the front door.”

So now, Luechtefeld and his family have to improvise.

“We have to go all the way around, through the back entrance, through three gates and then into the house,” Luechtefeld.

While the water came as an unwelcome surprise to Luechtefeld, it’s nothing new for Joseph Gollaher.

“We’ve been through this all of our life,” said Gollaher.

Gollaher has lived in the river bottoms in Hannibal his whole life.

“I got some water here in my yard. The water got all about ankle deep right here. We had to take out all the vehicles and stuff.”

However, it it’s going to take a lot more than water to get Gollaher and his wife to even consider moving.

“It is a headache but this is where we feel at home. I’m not moving until my bed floats,” said Gollaher.


Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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