Hannibal Fire Dept. has no more requests for rescues

Hannibal flooding / Courtesy a KHQA viewer

UPDATE: July 20th at 12:55 p.m.

KHQA has been in contact with Authority Emergency Management Director, John Hark.

John states that flood gates will be set at Hill and Center Streets in Hannibal between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. today.


UPDATE: July 20th at 12:36 p.m.

Building Blocks daycare in Hannibal will be closed Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21 because of flooding.


UPDATE: July 20th at 11:58 a.m.

Flash flooding is causing problems and making for some dangerous conditions all over the Tri-States. We have posted just some of the photos that we have received from Hannibal, you can see flash flooding has left water virtually everywhere

Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark says he doesn't know how much rain the Hannibal area has received, but virtually every tributary and drainage ditch is coming out of its banks. A number of homes are flooded and not just along the Bear Creek basin and also along Market Street, highway 61 South, Warren Barrett Drive, Lindell Avenue.

Hark says 15 children were rescued from a daycare on Lindell Avenue and they are safe.

Little Angels daycare has been relocated to the 16-hundred block of Patchen, according to Marion County EOC.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross are setting up a temporary shelter for folks who have had to leave their homes. Marion County's Emergency Operations Center has been activated and John Hark asks that you call the Marion County Emergency Operations at 573-221-9210 if you need assistance or have information to report.

KHQA's Jim Whitfield and Jarod Wells have been in Hannibal since early this morning and they tell us that in Ralls County, very few roads are open, so much so that they have run out of signs and blockades.

There were some rescues earlier to get people out of their homes, but no emergency shelters have been opened.

Roads also are closed all over northeast Missouri, from highway 61 at Alexandria because of the fast-rising Des Moines River to highway 54 near Atlas to highway 36 at the Rocket between Hannibal and Monroe City.

We have posted as much information as we have available here on our website, including links to MoDOT's website (see Related Links below), but we want to remind you that MoDOT has told us that water was rising so quickly in some places that it was having trouble keeping up with all of the information.

The best advice is to stay away from flood water, especially do not drive through it.

Remember the saying, turn around, don't drown.

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UPDATE: July 20th at 11:31 a.m.

The following information was issued in a press release from Cpl. Darrin DeLaPorte of the Hannibal Police Department:

There have been many false reports that the Bear Creek Dam has broken.

The dam has been inspected and is functioning properly.

We ask that the media groups make an announcement about this as soon as possible as there have been numerous questions regarding this.

Authority Hannibal Emergency Management John Hark


UPDATE: July 20th at 11:22 a.m.

The Hannibal Fire Department has told KHQA's Chad Douglas that they have received no new requests for rescues at this time.

Waters are beginning to recede and they are back to the fire station awaiting any new notifications.


UPDATE: July 20th at 11:01 a.m.

KHQA has just been told via Facebook that boats have been sent to a mobile home park for evacuation at Rte MM at Bear Creek.


UPDATE: July 20th at 9:40 a.m.

Hannibal still has severe flooding. Parts of Lindell Ave. are closed and parts of Warren Barrett Drive are closed.

KHQA has reports that two individuals were rescued from behind the Redneck/Ledbetter building in Hannibal, Mo.

Also, a woman in a jeep was rescued.

Hannibal Police Department and the Missouri Water Patrol also assisted in the rescue of 15 children at a daycare on Lindell Avenue.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross temporary shelter and emergency operations center has been activated on Clinic Road. If you or someone you know needs to get out of your home please call 573-221-9210.

For more details near the Kirksville area visit KTVO's Flood Conditions page here:

Click here to read the press release which has been issued.


UPDATE: July 20th at 9:02 a.m.

KHQA has been receiving road closings too numerous to count.

If you are in doubt of road conditions use extreme caution. Remember turn around, don't drown.

Click here for road condition maps provided by Illinois, Iowa and Missouri Departments of Transportation.

KHQA's Tegan Orpet tells us, up to 7 inches of rain has fallen since midnight according to the National Weather Service.

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Stay tuned to KHQA as we will report shortly on possible water rescues in Hannibal taking place at approximately 8:20 a.m. this morning.

Reports are that on the South side, in the areas of Warren Barett Drive, Kenwood Ave., Lyndell and Market Street the Missouri Water Patrol and the Hannibal Fire Department have responded to rising water and possible people needing assistance leaving their residences.