Trouble looms for Hannibal sewer issue

A sewer problem in Hannibal is affecting local residents.

A report was filed in February stating that sewage was being dumped into local rivers and streams.

The Department of Natural Resources identified 16 private property sewers in Hannibal that were dumping their waste.

The city claims that the residents of these areas were unaware of the issue, and were given until April 1 to take care of the problem.

As of Thursday, July 24, only two of the sewers have been fixed. The remaining 14 could face legal action.

"Typically we send a letter, but in this case we visited the property owners, the ones that were home we visited, there may have been a few letters sent but we essentially wanted to meet face to face, because we suspect that a lot of property owners might now necessarily even know this is the case," Hannibal City Manager Jeff LaGarce said.

If the problem isn't fixed, not only will the residents be fined, but the city of Hannibal will have to pay maintenance fees.

Story by KHQA Multimedia Journalist Lauren Kalil