One of the big questions Monday, as another winter storm threatened to drop a foot of snow on Hannibal, was what city personnel would do with the additional snowfall. On Tuesday morning the game plan became clear as load after load of snow was being transported to the former Bubba’s parking lot, east of the flood wall.
“We talked about South Main, but with the ground being so wet, we were worried about getting our trucks stuck in the mud,” said Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department. “We own that entire parking lot now. It’s gravel. There’s nothing that needs it now over there, so it’s a good place to dump it.”
Unlike last week when 9.75 inches of snow fell, Parks Department personnel were mobilized on Tuesday morning.
“I talked with Leon (Wallace, Street Department superintendent) and Jeff (LaGarce, city manager) this morning. We thought this would be the best route to go. That’s what we’re doing. It’s our way to help out,” said Dorian.
Parks Department workers were centering their efforts downtown, at least initially.
“Our parks guys are removing the snow off of Broadway. They’re also hitting the North Main and South Main areas, moving the big clumps and a lot of the snow. We’re using backhoes and putting it in the backs of trucks and taking it over to Bubba’s old lot. Some of us are out plowing our parking lots and things like that,” said Dorian.
Of particular concern for city personnel were areas where piles of snow might create “line-of-sight problems at intersections,” according to Dorian.
Following another 8 inches early Tuesday, there was no shortage of snow to move.
“They’re making some good headway. They’ll work all day long and hopefully put a dent in it,” said Dorian. “I’m sure we’ll be back at it again tomorrow (Wednesday).”