Real Estate Agent with Alliance Real Estate - Minot 7456


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.


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David Saks
Memphis, TN

Dial up's like wading through molasses, Bob. Things'll get better. Thoughts and prayers for your community.

Jun 28, 2011 05:09 AM #1
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

David, Thank You for your thoughts and prayers. Things are already looking up with the crest having been reached. However it was only 3 weeks ago they let us go back to our homes after a mandatory evacuation and just a week later we were given the boot again and our homes destroyed.

Jun 28, 2011 07:30 AM #2
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Yay for Grandma!  Good thing she likes you as it sounds like it could be a long stay....

Jun 28, 2011 09:01 AM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

Brenda, isn't living with you Mother-In-Law everyones dream? LOL

Jun 28, 2011 10:40 AM #4
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Bob - I am happy to hear the update and learn that you and your family are safe and well cared for at Grandma's place!  How nice of you to battle the dial-up to keep us informed....thanks!  Times like this seem to bring out the best in people and the people of Minot are proof of that.  More prayers and thoughts coming your way!

Jun 28, 2011 02:35 PM #5
Rose King
UTR, Texas Realtors - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

So glad to hear that you and your family are safe and sound at Grandma's house! I am still keeping you, your family, and your community in my prayers. I feel your pain about the dial-up thing. When I visit my parents in New Mexico, I can hardly stand using their dial-up service. I usually give up and go to Starbucks to use the internet. Keep us updated as much as you can.

Jun 28, 2011 03:09 PM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Bob, My gosh - I saw the flooding on the news here in San Jose Ca!  I could not believe my eyes.  I'm still in shock over the fact that some many homes were covered to the top of the roof!  Thankfully Grandma did not downsize ... thoughts and prayers remain with you!


Jun 28, 2011 03:12 PM #7
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Glad to hear from you. I have been wondering how things were going. It is always good to visit Grandma but under these circumstances the joy is quite less I am sure. Hang in there as you are all in my thoughts and prayers. P.S> Think back to the joy of when dial up was all there was!

Jun 29, 2011 12:20 AM #8
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Bob- bless you, your family, and all those going through this experience all throughout our great nation right now. I guess in hindsight there is dial up to be thankful for but after becoming so accustomed to high speed I can imagine it's quite frustrating. A great reminder to slow down and appreciate what we've got. Keeping you in my thoughts!

Jun 29, 2011 03:11 AM #9
Jeremy Wrenn
Wrenn Home Improvements - Wake Forest, NC
President, Wrenn Home Improvements

Bob, glad to hear you are in good spirits.  Sorry about the dial up, but at least that's the problem on your mind, and not that the whole town got washed away.

Do keep us updated as you can.  I pray you are well and the water leaves quickly!

Jun 29, 2011 09:02 AM #10
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

It is really heart warming to see volunteers in action helping those in need when disaster strikes.  And this kind of giving, the help from strangers will go along way in keeping your spirit and hope alive.   Glad to know the family is safe thanks to Grandma.  Give her a big hug and if there is something Grandma needs, pay it forward Bob.

Jun 29, 2011 03:17 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Bob - It is really good to hear from you and to get these updates.  For all the disruption this disaster has caused your community, it is the collective spirit and coming together of folks while providing strength and support!  Recovery is always easiest in an environment such as that!  I continue to hold you, your family, and your community in my thoughts and prayers!

Jun 29, 2011 05:26 PM #12
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