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Mighty Mississippi River rising brings concern of flooding

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - Tri-State emergency managers are eying the Mississippi tonight and gearing up for possible flooding later this week.

The current river level in Hannibal is at 17.16 feet, which is technically considered minor flooding stage. However, the river level is expected to increase up to 19.4 feet.

Hannibal Emergency Manager John Hark says as of right now, their first action step would be to close the gate wells.

"That's what controls the storm sewers going out to the river, to make sure the river can not back up storm sewers and get out into the streets,” Hark said. “Has no affect on us what so ever just stops the water from coming in or getting out."

Hark says the river forecast has to hit 20 feet or more before the flood gates are installed.

"We're naturally concerned but very optimistic that this thing's going to come up to 19 point four and go right back down,” Hark said. “So the potential for flooding is there depending on a number of conditions. Otherwise, we're just going to wait and see."

Hark says it's not until 24 feet where major flooding occurs in Hannibal. That's when water covers Highway 79 South of Hannibal and it also gets into the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.

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