Hannibal area residents broke out their umbrellas and other rain gear, as an unusually wet late spring brought swelling waterways and flash flooding in the spring.

Hannibal area residents broke out their umbrellas and other rain gear, as an unusually wet late spring brought swelling waterways and flash flooding in the spring.

Routes flooded and culverts washed away in Marion and Ralls counties, especially in late June. All lanes of U.S. 61 were closed because of a swollen Cuivre River, while flash floods affected portions of MO Highway 79. December brought winter-storm driven rains and deadly floods elsewhere in the state, along with high water levels once again.

Spring flooding hit residents of Taylor, Mo. especially hard, displacing households and damaging property and one business. Area charities, churches and relief agencies mobilized to help those in need, as Marion and Ralls counties received federal and state aid.

Following heavy rain in late December, all five of Hannibal’s floodgates were in place on Saturday, Dec. 26. Elsewhere in the state, flash floods closed hundreds of roadways and claimed at least 18 lives in Missouri and Illinois. Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard to assist victims of a shockingly-timed disaster.