Volunteers needed for flood cleanup

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Volunteers are needed to help clean Bear Creek Saturday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in downtown Hannibal to help remove trash and debris from the flooding this spring.

People can meet anytime at the parking lot of Sodalis Nature Preserve, 700 Ely Street.

Hannibal Board of Public Works Storm Water Coordinator Andrea Campbell said when the area floods, the Mississippi River backs into Bear Creek and when it rains all the water flows into the creek.

“So any trash that’s on the street basically all spring has landed in this area, so we’re just gonna come together and try to pick up as much as we can,” Campbell said.

Hannibal Parks & Recreation, Hannibal Board of Public Works and the City of Hannibal #1819 Stream Team will be providing gloves, trash bags and water, but volunteers are suggested to bring boots and work clothes.

“We’ve had our maintenance staff here blading some of the mud off the trail and cleaning off some of that debris but what we really need is people help getting the trash out,” Mary Lynne Richards with Hannibal Parks & Recreation said.

Richards added depending on how many volunteers show up, they will also send a group to help take sandbags off the levee.

For more event details contact Andrea Campbell at 573-221-8050 ext 6043.

Drew Brown

Drew Brown

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