Hannibal North Street storm sewer fix months away

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The progress to fix a storm sewer failure in Hannibal is ongoing. That storm sewer burst at the end of May and still hasn’t been fixed.
It’s located at the corner of North and Bridge Streets. Hannibal officials have set up a fence barrier around the storm sewer to keep people away from the mess.
At Monday’s Hannibal Board of Public Works meeting, the board approved a $15,000 engineering proposal.
That will make sure an engineer is out there with BPW when an inspection of this problem can take place. That engineer will then come up with drafts and options for how to fix the issue.
However, that inspection could still be weeks away while BPW waits for the river level to go down another 4 or 5 feet.

“Without removing the top which would allow us to get down in there and see the actual damage, it’s hard to estimate how long the repairs will take in addition, we have some permitting potentially with the corps of engineers so that would require additional time as well,” said BPW engineer Matt Munzlinger.

BPW officials said they want to fix this storm sewer failure as quickly as possible because if the river rises a significant amount, this issue could potentially cause further problems including a levee failure.
But officials said they don’t expect this to be fixed until maybe October while they wait for the river to go down.
Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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