Another Open Letter about the Minot Flooding.
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.