Another Open Letter about the Minot Flooding.

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Another Open Letter about the Minot Flooding.

Hi Barbara,
This whole ordeal has been much tougher then any of us affected could ever imagine. There is still no information on the tough questions we all have to deal with and in fact more and more tough questions keep coming up. Some examples of what we do not know are:
Which houses will the government (City County, State, or Federal) buy out? Not one single buy out has been mentioned. There has been absolutely NO plan mentioned as to what steps the government may take to keep this from happening again? Will the Corp of Engineers modify their plan so they do not deliberately wipe out 1/4th of Minot again?
Some things we have learned are equally frustrating. The National Weather Service is predicting the same amount of moisture for next winter and spring. All agencies we have come in contact with are saying that this disaster is worse then what they dealt with during Katrina YET FEMA is paying out $30,000 here to folks who lost their homes and had no insurance where as in Katrina the pay out was $150,000.00 YET President Obama's disaster relief budget is twice the size the budget was during Katrina. Remember how much heat President Bush got for not showing up at the Katrina devastation for a couple of days? It's been 5 weeks here (a bigger disaster) and President Obama hasn't even mentioned ND.
Another very frustrating thing for us is that even though NO government agency can tell us what they are going to do they ARE telling us we must clean up our homes even if they should decide next week to tear them down. We are putting in countless hours in very unsafe settings trying to prepare for a future they may steal away the next day.
Tempers are getting hot with the lack of answers. One more thing I really must say: DO NOT GIVE TO THE MINOT DISASTER FUND! We were told, as I'm sure your were, that this money was going to help the Minot victims of the flood. Wrong! The City has control over it and it is NOT going to the people. If you want to help the people then give to The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, or the Lutheran Relief programs. These are the helping agencies we see out on the street actually helping. They bring meals, clean up kits, and even volunteers to help clean out our homes. I am truly sorry if my blogging encouraged anyone to give to THE MINOT DISASTER FUND as it's just more bureaucrats doling out to their pet projects.
Thanks for keeping me and my fellow citizens of Minot in your prayers,

To all who have been reading and commenting on my posts: I have read every comment and appreciate them all. Trying to keep up with this disaster, keeping life as normal as I can for my 11 and 9 year old children, being a good man to my wife, and earning a living during thid man made disaster have proven to be all I can handle.  One also has to care for their friends, neighbors, Church families and more. This is a time of great hurt here. Your prayers are so greatly appreciated.

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Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI RE Adventures

Politics and what we see on the news just doesn't tell the true story anymore.  Our top leaders just seem out of touch

Jul 30, 2011 02:24 AM #1
Vanessa Saunders
Global Property Systems Real Estate - White Plains, NY
From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York

It takes strong will to live through a disaster such as yours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm ashamed that you are not recieving more news attention. A sad sign of the times.

Jul 30, 2011 02:28 AM #2
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.  The best thing is always to donate to The Salvation Army or Lutheran relief programs.  Not a big fan of the national Red Cross though I'm sure local volunteers are sincere, the national org. has too much power and is too tied into politicians.  One thing I will do and recommend to everyone is to contact your local Senators, especially if they are Democrats and urge them to get more involved in overseeing FEMA's response on all the issues you have just brought up.

Jul 30, 2011 02:56 AM #3
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have always been a strong supporter of the Salvation Army and Red Cross. Glad to know they are there providing relief support. Hang in there, Bob!

Jul 30, 2011 05:14 AM #4
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Bob, so sorry to hear about there being LESS information instead of more!

I had no idea this is a worse disaster than Katrina in New Orleans. 

From your tone, it's obvious that you are much more frustrated than before, Bob.  I'll pray you find relief in the Lord!

Jul 30, 2011 06:23 AM #5
Paul Walker
Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC - Scott AFB, IL
Scott AFB IL Area Realtor
The love affair between the media and Obama is sick. The would never say anything against their puppet man and there is no voice in Washington that is listening or cares about your area. It is all about the "budget" and if they can take out the USA now or just how quickly they can make our country go bankrupt so we can then work on getting a world currency and leader in place. They will probably let Minot become like Cairo, Illinois. It has been pretty much a ghost town for 40+ years. Not really due to flooding but other issues. But that doesn't matter!
Jul 30, 2011 07:41 AM #6
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Oh, Bob, I am so sorry to hear that things are so bad. I am so hoppin' mad at our elected officials for their complete disregard of the will of the people they represent, and their lack of concern over issues like the disaster in Minot. They all need to be voted out of office! Here's what I am going to do: I will write to my congressman and senators to urge them to take action to help the people of Minot. And, of course, I will keep you and your family and the people of Minot in my prayers.

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