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Hannibal riverfront project at standstill as flood water recedes

While flood water is receding in Hannibal, the riverfront project remains at a standstill.

Trucks full of debris and mud spent the day at Hannibal’s riverfront beginning to clean up.

“We ask that everyone be a little patient with us as we clean up from the flooding. We’ll do it as soon as possible but this is our busiest time of year,” said Mary Lynne Richards with the parks department.

The city’s parks and recreation department is teaming up with the street department on these clean up efforts and its a mad dash to clean up this area ahead of National Tom Sawyer Days.

“At Tom Sawyer Days, hundreds and thousands of people are here. Mud volleyball is right there so it’s really good to get these parking lots back open,” said Richards.

But officials with Bleigh Construction, the company working on Hannibal’s riverfront, said work on the project won’t start back up immediately.

“We’ve got two parts of this project that has to be done before we can really do much work. One of them is dredging out the harbor and we need the river down to 14.7 ft. to do that,” said Tom Bleigh.

Bleigh said with the river still above flood stage right now, it could be a couple more weeks before his crew gets back in here to do that work.

He said he doesn’t expect the entire project to finish until next spring months after an original fall deadline.

“The flood gates when in March 15th and they came back up today so that length of time will have to be added on,” said Bleigh.

As for an added cost, Bleigh said their materials are under contract and it won’t cost the city any extra money.

Clean up efforts will continue Tuesday. Richards said the fire department will be down here to hose off the playground at Kiwanis Park.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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