Hannibal streets closed by heavy rain, flash flood warning issued

By Bev Darr, Hannibal Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: Apr. 29, 2017 4:18 pm

Heavy rains flooded several Hannibal streets Saturday afternoon, April 29, prompting emergency personnel to close them, beginning in mid-afternoon.

John Hark, Hannibal and Marion County director of emergency management, advised motorists to stay off any flooded streets. "Do not drive through any standing water," he said.

The streets being closed included portions of South Sixth, South Seventh, Lemon, Wardlaw and Warren Barrett Drive.

Water from Bear Creek caused Warren Barrett to be closed, Hark said. "The Bear Creek dam is closed, but the (Mississippi) river is rising" which prevents Bear Creek and other tributaries from draining as usual.

At 3:45 p.m. the Hannibal Free Public Library reported it was closing because of Hark's warning to stay off local streets.

At 4 p.m. Hark had received no reports of anyone being stranded or any homes being flooded.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Hannibal area at 3:08 p.m. Saturday. It was to be in effect until 11 p.m. Saturday, and was designated a severe alert.


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