Hannibal businesses lose money during boil order

The Water Conservation Order previously in effect for Hannibal water customers and certain customers in Ralls County was lifted Wednesday morning.

A boil order remains in effect for those customers until 1 p.m. on Friday, June 27.

Meanwhile, the water conservation has caused substantial financial hits for some Hannibal businesses and organizations this week.

Last weekend's filtration plant flooding has caused significant problems for Hannibal residents. Crews think lightning struck a water supply line, which caused a valve to open and flood the plant.

As a result, no one has access to fresh tap water this week, causing headaches for some restaurant owners.

Karen Ruble owns the Becky Thatcher 3rd Street Diner.

It's a business she's operated for more than a year.

"We didn't prepare a special today," Karen Ruble said. â??And we're not open for breakfast, because we don't have enough water to make coffee."

The fallout of last weekend's flood and the boil order that followed, have cost her big bucks.

Since she can't use tap water, she can't wash any of her dishes.

"We feel like it's safer for our customers just to use bio-degradable paper to throw away today," Karen Ruble said.

However, it's not just Karen Ruble who's been hurt by this. It's devastated her employees as well.

"I have four employees, two of which are not with us today,â?? Karen Ruble said. â??Because of not being able to prep the food that we normally prep. They just, you know, I didn't need them today. So they're not here. So they lost, you know, two day's wages because of this."

But restaurants are not the only businesses hurt by this boil order.

The Hannibal Regional Healthcare System suffered some minor setbacks, too.

Doug Ruble is the vice president of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System's facilities.

"We also had to shut off all of our ice machines, drinking fountains, coffee machine," Doug Ruble said.

He said early Monday morning, the hospital activated an emergency plan to bring in water.

"We brought in about a 110 pound bags of ice and we brought in about a 168 cases of water," Doug Ruble said.

Although you can't drink any of the facility's water, doctors and patients still use tap water for other purposes.

"You can still use water for washing your hands, washing the stools,â?? Doug Ruble said. â??All the equipment is still operating."

Karen Ruble can't wait until the boil order is lifted, so she can satisfy her customers with delicious home cooked meals.

"Hopefully, this issue will be resolved by the first of next week,â?? Karen Ruble said. â??And we will all be able to move forward."

Kari Goodman with the Hannibal Board of Public Works said officials and contractors are still determining the extent of the damage to the filtration plant.