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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Overnight rain not pushing river crest higher

  • Heavy rain that fell overnight Monday in Northeast Missouri will apparently not push the Mississippi River’s crest higher in Hannibal or delay when the crest occurs.
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  • Heavy rain that fell overnight Monday in Northeast Missouri will apparently not push the Mississippi River’s crest higher in Hannibal or delay when the crest occurs.
    On Monday, the National Weather Service was advising that 2 inches of rain or more were possible Monday night and Tuesday morning. And while many locations in Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois saw over an inch of rain, only one site recorded 2 inches or more as Saverton Lock and Dam 22 recorded 2.75 inches, according to rainfall totals provided by the National Weather Service’s St. Louis office.
    Rainfall totals elsewhere in Northeast Missouri overnight were: Clarence Cannon Dam, 1.96; Canton Lock and Dam 20, 1.88; Monroe City, 1.65; Hannibal, 1.20; Vandalia, 1.00; Bowling Green, 0.87; Louisiana, 0.81; Shelbina, 0.56; Clarksville Lock and Dam 24, 0.42.
    Across the river in West Central Illinois, the top rainfall amounts were: Griggsville, 1.68; Pittsfield, 1.56; Quincy Lock and Dam 21, 0.89; White Hall, 0.45.
    As it was Monday, the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service was calling for a crest in Hannibal of 26.7 feet on Tuesday. However, unlike Monday, when the river was forecast to crest at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the crest was predicted for 7 p.m. Tuesday. As of 2 p.m., the National Weather Service was reporting the river was still on the rise in Hannibal.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ website said as of 2 p.m. Tuesday that the river had already topped out in Hannibal at 26.7 feet, which represented a 24-hour rise of 0.6 of a foot.
    A crest of 26.7 feet will be the sixth highest crest in recorded history. The No. 5 flood crest currently is 26.91 feet on May 16, 2001. The record crest is 31.80 feet that occurred on July 15, 1993. Technical flood stage in Hannibal is 16 feet.
    The Corps also was reporting that Saverton had crested Tuesday at 25.8 feet, representing a 24-hour rise of 0.7 of a foot.
    Yet to see the river crest, according to the Corps, were residents in Louisiana and Clarksville. Both those communities were expected to crest today (Wednesday), Louisiana at 24.5 feet and Clarksville at 35 feet.  
    According to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, major flooding is occurring along the Mississippi River in Quincy, Hannibal and Saverton, with major flooding being experienced at Louisiana and Canton.
    After cresting the river is predicted to begin a steady decline that will continue at least into the upcoming weekend.

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