Following Hannibal’s first major flood in four years, the process of cleaning up the riverfront got underway Monday.

Almost as soon as access was opened to the Hannibal riverfront Monday morning, workers with the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department began the process of cleaning up the area after the recent flood.

After street department personnel removed the Broadway floodgates, barricades were installed to keep the public out so the cleanup could progress without disruption.

A backhoe was being used to collect an assortment of debris left behind by the receding water. A hose attached to a water tank on a trailer also proved to be an effective tool when removing silt.

The popular walkway in Nipper Park was being cleared of silt as were parking lots and the cobblestones by the marina.

Following a flood crest of 24.9 feet, only pools of water remained Monday along the base of the flood levee.