Many Hannibal residents in low-lying areas got little sleep Wednesday night after heavy rain prompted the issuance of a flash flood warning.
“This morning between 3 o’clock and 5 o’clock Bear Creek did come out of its banks out around the Kenwood and Moberly area,” said John Hark, Hannibal’s emergency management director. “By 8 o’clock this morning all the water was back in its banks and we were OK. We had roughly 3 inches of rain during the night and that brought every tributary up.”
Hark credited Hannibal police for helping him go door to door in the impacted area.
“We went door to door and knocked on everybody’s door all through the Bear Creek basin,” he said.
A property owner on Bowling Avenue, who declined to provide her name out of fear of “repercussions,” complained to the Courier-Post that she had family members who were not contacted by authorities.
“We had to call family members,” she said.
Hannibal Fire Chief Bill Madore reported his department was not called out to make any water rescues overnight.
Wednesday’s storm provided an opportunity to utilize the CodeRED Emergency Communications Network.
“We activated the CodeRED and called everybody we could and advised them they might want to get their vehicles out of there because there was a flash flood warning,” said Hark. “We hope now we’ll get more people who will realize what this CodeRED is all about and they can get a simple (alert) phone call. Maybe we can get more people to sign up for it.”