The Mississippi River in Hannibal, Mo., crested at 27.9 feet at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 21.
This was lower than the original crest prediction of 28.4, which had been reduced to 28.1 on April 20.
Before cresting at 8 a.m., the river "leveled off at about midnight to 4 in the morning (Sunday)," said John Hark, Hannibal and Marion County director of emergency management. Hannibal's flood stage is 16 feet.
Although the river is beginning its slow descent from its crest, the five flood gates in Hannibal's flood wall will remain in place for an indefinite period of time, Hark explained.
"We will have moderate to high water for quite awhile," he said. "By Friday (April 26) or Saturday, we expect it to be down to 24 feet."
The flood gates are to remain installed until the river level is below 20 feet "and still falling," Hark said.