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Hannibal businesses fight to stay open following Monday storms

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

A pair of downtown Hannibal businesses are the worry of city building inspectors following Monday night's storms.

City officials forced the evacuation of Groomingdale's Pet Boutique and Gallery 310, both on North Main Street, after fear that storm damage might cause the buildings to collapse.

The clock was ticking and fast for downtown Hannibal business owners who were told they had an hour to get out of their buildings before they collapsed.

"I don't have time for electronics, I have time for my family stuff," Carol Estes-Cook of Groomingdale's said.

Estes-Cook was told at 10:30 a.m. that she had to have everything inside Groomingdale's Pet Boutique out because the building was not structurally sound.

Right next door, piles of artwork were being salvaged from Gallery 310, where the roof had completely caved in.

But many, like the Gallery's owner, say you just have to keep a sense of humor about the whole thing and realize it could have been much worse.

"Stuff happens, man, I mean there's nothing I can say, nothing I can do about it, what's gonna happen is what's going to happen. I'm just glad nobody got hurt.

The damage hit right in the heart of downtown Hannibal, an area that usually draws a lot of tourists. City officials are asking tourists to stay away from this area.

While those businesses worry about their buildings, others are just hoping for the power to come back on. Many Hannibal restaurants are locked up due to the lack of power, but others are welcoming customers after a local food company lent a helping hand.

Trucks from Kohl's Wholesale in Quincy could be found in numerous restaurant parking lots on Tuesday as employees loaded food onto cooling trucks.

Kohl Sales Representative Kenny Williams says he started receiving calls late Monday night from concerned owners and luckily they had four extra trucks that could help out.

"If we didn't bring this down, they would lose a lot of money, all the restaurants would," Williams said. "I'm sure they've all got insurance, but we bring it down to save them a lot of money and a lot of insurance claims and we can do it. We are close enough so we do it."

Williams says they plan on leaving the trucks however long they're needed.

Management at Hannibal's Golden Corral said they received a shipment of food worth around $18,000. If they didn't have the cooling truck, they would have lost the majority of the food.

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