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Hannibal residents and officials still fighting flood


Emergency Management officials are calling the flood in Hannibal one of the top five highest floods on record.  They say the Mississippi River crested at 27.8 feet, making it the fourth highest flood in history. 

Steven Ewing is doing all he can to protect his house from even more water damage.  He sandbagged his house and has been pumping water out for hours.  Right now his basement is flooded for the second time in 5 years, and he can't use the stairs because the water has ruined them. Now he said he's getting his family out.
"They're calling for more rain for one and it's steadily rising. I don't want to be stuck here and not get everything out," Ewing said.  
Ewing lives near some flood buyout properties and had few words to describe how he and his family is dealing with the flood. 
"Stressful.  Very Stressful. It takes a lot out of you," Ewing said.  
Emergency Management Director John Hark said he believes the flooded Mississippi has already reached its highest level, but he says there are some concerns.
"The river's going to stay high for the next several days and I really don't like that when its above the moderate flood stage of 24 feet.  You know it doesn't take much to bring it back," he said.  
Ewing said he's not waiting for another flood before he moves.  
"Yeah I'm done. I've already fixed it once, I don't want to fix it again," he said.  
Before this flood, Ewing says he was almost done fixing the home damages from the 2008 flood. 

For those in downtown Hannibal, Hark says he's expecting the flood walls to stay up for another five to seven days. 

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