What to do about the Hannibal flood gates

Both the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers continue their slow fall.

But the Hannibal flood gates still are waiting to come out, while residents of Louisiana, Missouri are waiting to hear if a declaration will be made to help in their flood recovery.

Hannibal Emergency Management Director John Hark doesn't take his decision whether to pull the flood gates off of Hannibal's riverfront lightly.

Every time the gates go in and every time the gates come out, it costs about $1,500 and he isn't ready to pull them just yet.

"The river is still, uh, still too high for us to do, even though we don't have any water behind us up on the gates, it would not take much of a major rain situation in northern Missouri, central Iowa or west central Illinois could bring it back up rapidly, so as long as we're staying as high as we are, then we're going to stay safe," Hark said.

Hark also said it will be at least another week before the gates could come out.

Downriver in Louisiana, Missouri, people there hope to hear from FEMA and the state that they've received a disaster declaration to help with flood recovery. The city building inspector said both commercial and residential property on the town's south side had anywhere from several inches to several feet of water inside their buildings.

"We had a certain amount of people that were displaced from their homes; others suffered flooding but weren't displaced, and so we're waiting to hear from, see how much help if they qualify and how much help they can get," Kent Adams the Louisiana city building inspector said.

And there is good news for Hannibal and Louisiana as far as the river stage goes. Since last Friday, the river has edged upward a little because of last week's rain, but it's expected to fall as the week progresses and level out by the weekend.