Ice breaks on river near Hannibal, flood worries level out

Monday, January 25, 2010 | 9:36 a.m. CST

HANNIBAL — A three-week ice jam has finally broken on the Mississippi River near Hannibal, and that's good news for flood-watchers in the northeast Missouri town.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reported that huge chunks of ice began floating down the river on Sunday. Before the ice broke, the National Weather Service had predicted the river would reach nearly 5 feet above flood stage by Wednesday. After the ice jam broke and the river started to flow again, the river level started going down.

By Monday morning, the river was about a foot-and-a-half above flood stage.

Emergency director John Hark said it now looks like the town will not have to install flood gates.


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