Life in Hannibal was slowly returning to normal Thursday following this week’s 13-inch snow.

Life in Hannibal was slowly returning to normal Thursday following this week’s 13-inch snow.

City Manager Jeff LaGarce reports that Street Department personnel have logged 31.5 hours per person since Tuesday morning.

“They worked all day Tuesday, all night Tuesday, and all day on Wednesday,” said LaGarce in an e-mail.

LaGarce reports that no private contractors have been hired by the city to move snow. Neither was Parks Department personnel utilized.

With Hannibal streets passable, Street Department employees headed to Hannibal Regional Airport Thursday morning to remove snow from the tarmac, taxiway and runway. LaGarce estimates that the airport has been closed to air traffic since Tuesday morning.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Missouri Department of Transportation was reporting that most major roads in Northeast Missouri were mostly clear. All minor roads were still snow packed.

MoDOT reported that Route H in Ralls County, a minor road that connects U.S. 36 near Rensselaer and Missouri 19 in Center, had been re-opened to traffic after being closed on Tuesday due to hazardous winter road conditions.

John Nemes, EMS Chief with the Marion County Ambulance District, reports that ambulance crews have been successful getting around with the “exception of a few snow-covered streets.”

“Over the past couple of years, we added 4X4 rapid response trucks that are equipped with plows to gain access in difficult areas or to clear a path ahead of the ambulance if necessary,” he said.

Regardless of the driving conditions, safety is always a top priority for the ambulance district.

“If we don't arrive safely, we can't help our patients,” said Nemes, adding that the rapid response vehicles are an even greater asset when weather conditions get bad, like earlier this week. “The rapid response trucks are also stocked with advanced life support equipment. When we need to gain access to a patient more quickly, we respond with these units and render care until the ambulance can get there. They are also used to respond to emergencies when all ambulances are busy with other calls. They have proven to be a huge asset when it comes to accessing patients and providing rapid care in difficult circumstances.”