DRIVING A MODEL T ON THE AUDUBON
Driving a Model T on the Audubon is exactly how I feel using the dial-up service I'm being forced to use in writing this. I have been so eager to keep you informed and post personal pictures of the flood but I can't until I find a High Speed connection. I'm tempted to just pull up next to some motel and see if I can hijack a signal just to show you what is happening.
To make things even worse my dial-up provider lost service to about half the town yesterday so I could not even thank all of you for the support and prayers you have been sending our way. Dial-up is way better then nothing but it doesn't hold a candle to any kind of high speed connection. Dial up is keeping me from posting pictures. Every time I try it errors out.
Let me start out my update with what the "Press"feels is absolutely amazing. With approximately 15,000 people being homeless there are less then 400 people in the emergency housing shelters. The typical response among locals here is "We are North Dakotian's, we take care of our own".
The Bob Timm family is staying at Grandmas house. Grandma is in here mid to late 80's and has been talking about down sizing. Lucky for us she hasn't yet. As we walk around the neighborhood I would venture to guess that 90% of the homes here have "refugees" staying with them.
I have so many good things to say but at dial-up speed just these few paragraphs have taken over an hour (counting many failed attempts to add photographs). For now just let me say the community is really pulling together with things like volunteer help, free meals, one man of modest means even purchased $1,000.00 worth of bottled water just to give it away (our water system has been compromised and we have no drinking water). Volunteers are even organizing for the clean up that is expected to begin in two weeks.
Why will clean up wait two weeks? Please keep in mind that this whole disaster was brought upon by the mis-management of the Corp of Engeeners in the way they run the resiviour system. They will continue to dump water on us until they feel the reservoirs are at a safe level. They sure did a great job of that this spring didn't they.
That is all the negitivism I'm going to throw into this post because I want you to know that things are REALLYup-beat around here and peoples spirits are high. The Corp of Engineers have slowed the releases and the water has dropped a couple inches. The couple of inches have brought high hopes to us all.
Tanks again for all the Love.
Bob Timm and Family.