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Bridging the Gap – Seeking Donations for Linton Flood Victims

Posted 4/20/09 (Mon)

You don’t just feel tremors after earthquakes; you feel  them in the aftermath of floods as well.  It’s the shockwaves of viewing the devastation that makes your heart beat faster and a sickness grow inside you from that feeling of helplessness.  Describing the flooding in Linton, N.D., homeowner Bruce Bosch said, “It came so fast; all of a sudden the kids started screaming, it’s coming in the     basement!  It’s just like someone turned on fire hydrants and shot them in the basement.”  Bruce    adds, “I can’t imagine how much money I lost on just the inside, thousands and thousands of dollars.”

This year, Linton has seen the worst flood in its history.  As of this release, Shawna Paul, Emmons County Emergency Manager, reports that approximately 100 homes in and around Linton have been affected by the flooding in that area.  Approximately 75 homes were evacuated, eleven of which have been declared unsafe to enter.  Eight businesses in and near Linton sustained damage and approximately 50 farms along Beaver Creek sustained damage.  Another 25 homes and farms in the northern half of the county sustained damage and approximately eight homes in and near Strasburg sustained damage as well.  Approximately 700 out of 1100 miles of county roads in Emmons County are damaged including damage to approximately 1000 culverts.

In support of the flood victims of Linton and the surrounding region, BEK Communications, area communications service provider headquartered in Steele, N.D., is teaming up with area businesses and individuals who want to help by collecting donations that the Linton area residents can use upon returning to their homes or other alternate living quarters. 

BEK Communications invites you to experience a different kind of tremor; a positive response to the senseless losses in Emmons County.  Donations of new, good condition or slightly used furniture, electronics, small appliances and monetary donations (made payable to Emmons County Flood Services)* will be accepted on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th from noon to 7:00 p.m. each day.  Donations will be accepted at the south side of the Kmart parking lot in the trailer provided by Jobbers Moving & Storage in Bismarck, N.D. and at BEK Communications in Steele, N.D.

 *An account has been opened at BNC National Bank in Linton, N.D. where the monetary     donations will be applied.

The following contributors, along with BEK Communications have donated their time, equipment, ads and advertising air time to this worthy cause: 
         Afternoon Live (David Crothers)
         Ashley Tribune
         Bismarck Kmart
         Clear Channel Radio
         Cumulus Broadcasting
         Dakota Media Access
         Emmons County Record
         Jobbers Moving and Storage
         KFYR – NBC
         KNDX – FOX
         KSJB Radio
         KXMB – CBS
         Midcontinent Communications
         Napoleon Homestead
         News and Views (Joel Heitkamp)
         North Dakota Army National Guard
         Old Dominion Freight Lines   
         Prairie Public Radio
         Prairie Public Television
         Steele Ozone and Kidder County Press
         URL Radio
         Wishek Star

 Many families and businesses in the Linton area have lost everything.  “These are our North Dakota neighbors,” says Derrick Bulawa, BEK Communications CEO, “every     donation will make a difference in the lives of those who lost it all.  Please join us at one of our collection sites to help these families, individuals and businesses move on.”