Cleanup in Hannibal is almost complete after May storm

It's been almost two months to the day that a major storm ripped through Hannibal.

The aftermath left trees down along with power lines and thousands without power.

So as Hannibal City Manager Jeff LaGarce was going through his e-mail on Friday, he got notification that parts of Missouri had been declared federal disaster areas from recent flooding and storms. Now he hopes Hannibal will be able to use that declaration to recoup some of the storm cleanup costs.

"Unlike a snow it didn't end in three or four days this has been going on for six to eight weeks. And I think that because it has taken so much time because the aftermath and the cleanup has been such a long drawn out process just because of the time it takes, it has caused the expenses to roll up, higher than I thought they would," said LaGarce.

The city has spent more than 400 thousand dollars on cleanup costs and repairs associated to the May storm. LaGarce said the only outside contractor the city used was a crew that specializes in removing storm debris. Records show that the company removed 313 loads of limbs and trees, which equals about 62 hundred loads city crews would have done. That company saved the city months of work when it came to curbside debris removal.

"I'll tell you right now, we're coming to the back end of getting this stuff cleaned up we're nearly complete. We wouldn't be any where near complete without the Timberline assistance, they specialize in post hurricane disaster cleanup, so that was a good thing," said LaGarce.

The city manager added that comparing this storm to the blizzard in 20-11, the wind storm and tornado caused more of headache, because with the snow, streets were plowed and things were back to normal in a matter of days. While with the wind storm, weeks went by and there was still lingering effects from the storm.

LaGarce said the federal disaster declaration is from May 29th to June 10th.

And he added that at the time, Hannibal was in the throws of the major cleanup project of the storm.

So the city is hoping to gain some reimbursements for their expenses during that time.