Herald-Whig

Mississippi River tops flood level, heads higher

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Sep. 7, 2018 10:15 am

QUINCY -- Flood projections by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers call for the Mississippi River to approach moderate flood levels Sunday in both Quincy and Hannibal, Mo.

Hydrologists forecast that river levels will crest in Quincy at 21.5 feet and in Hannibal at 21 feet early Sunday morning. The minor flood stage in Quincy is 17 feet and the moderate flood level is 22 feet. In Hannibal the minor flood stage begins at 16 feet and the moderate flood level is 22 feet.

Hannibal officials said they will install the city's flood gates on Saturday.

Models from the Corps of Engineers indicate that flooding will persist in this area for at least 10 days.

Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon told our news-gathering partners at WGEM that people with homes along the river may have to relocate.

"We're looking at this as more of an inconvenience event for most people," Simon said.