Most Hannibal stores and attractions are back open for business. But, a few are closed due to the flood, and they’re all taking a hit from it.
“We figured up the other day that we’ve run about ten cruises this year,” said Steve Terry, owner and captain of the Mark Twain Riverboat.
Captain Terry said usually they’re running 4 tours a day since the end of March, but for months now, the schedule has been blank. He said it’ll likely look that way until at least this Friday with the water falling as slowly as it is.
“So we would’ve run a whole lot more cruises had that situation not been around,” said Captain Terry.
But it’s not just businesses that are on the riverfront that have been impacted by the flooding, some businesses that have stayed open the entire time are feeling it as well
Linda Coleberd, owner of the Mark Twain Cave, said the tourism season, “started off just fine but then the rains came, and came, and came and so it’s been a little bit of a hardship.”
The water over Highway 79 really had an impact.
“The road closed sign is a deterrent to the cave because people don’t know the road is open to cave hollow road,” said Coleberd.
Now, with MoDOT re-opening the highway and cleaning it off, Coleberd is hoping things go back to normal.
“All the stores [in Hannibal] are filled and staffed and ready for Summer tourism season, and we’re just waiting for folks to come and realize we’re open,” said Coleberd.
Despite that not being the case for Captain Terry right now, he said he wishes people knew that as well.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to catch it up, we’d like to be back at the riverfront for the 4th of July weekend but we don’t know how that’ll play out either so it’s just one day at a time,” said Captain Terry.
Coleberd said if this had to happen this year she would prefer it be earlier in the season rather than a time like in July, when thousands of tourists visit Hannibal daily.