Storm sewer fix remains on hold due to high river levels

By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Apr. 8, 2020 10:30 am

HANNIBAL | The Hannibal Board of Public Works had hoped the damaged storm sewer on North Street would have temporary repairs completed by flood season. However, with the Mississippi River having reached a high enough level to warrant the recent installation of two floodgates, work on the project has yet to begin, according to Mathew Munzlinger, interim general manager of the HBPW.

“The river level is preventing any work from being completed,” said Munzlinger, adding that the river level would ideally be around 12 feet for the underground work to occur. “Since the (storm sewer) failure (last May) there have only been a few times that the river was low enough to get access.”

Not only has high water delayed the repair, so has low contractor interest in the project. Zero bids were received on the Feb. 12 deadline.

“Part of it was the short timeframe. We only had 14 days in there for it,” Munzlinger said during the February meeting of the HBPW Board. “It's not that big of a project is something else I'd heard from another contractor. A lot of contractors are busy and trying to fit this in before the flood season this spring is something they would have a hard time doing.”

The HBPW did not give up on finding someone willing to undertake the project.



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