Flood relief effort

Discussion in 'Gateway Catfishing Club' started by Vince Copple, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Vince Copple

    Vince Copple New Member

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    With these floods starting to occur more often, perhaps there is something that we could do. Maybe John and the local Gateway Cats might even consider this. I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t contact the appropriate agency to offer our help with our boats. Maybe, we might have to go through some sort of certification to show our on the water skills that can be used for rescue and or flood relief. Most all of us have the boats that can handle the flooded conditions with radios for communication. Even if we were able to save one life, the effort would be worth it.
     
  2. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    That was accomplished a month ago. Coast Guard, Corp of Engineers, and Water Patrol were all contacted and offered our services. It wasnt needed, and for liability issues our Club cannot work in conjunction with a State Agency, however that doesnt present each club member from participating on their own accord to help their fellow man.

    As for assisting for the present relief effort, Harold is taking up a collection to buy cleaning supplies and the like to personally deliver to those hardest hit, such as in Winfield.
     

  3. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    Cuz,

    That's funny about all the govt. hoopla ,because in N.O. they were begging for boats of any size to help and the govt. supplied the gas so I guess it depends whos in charge????????????????
     
  4. Vince Copple

    Vince Copple New Member

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    Thanks Cuz.. as they say in politics.. We need Change..
     
  5. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    Great point Harold. You are absolutely correct. Dont ya know, the government can change policy in a day when it NEEDS the assistance. However, when the benefit is for someone else, the motions get tied up in committees, filibusters, etc and drug out for several years. Go Figure.

    So on our "small scale" flooding, they cannot work with us, however if the San Andreas ever ruptures and the Mississippi floods the entire midwest, I'm sure the Gateway Boats will be much appreciated. :smile2:
     
  6. Vince Copple

    Vince Copple New Member

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    We here in Missouri have yet to see the real problem concerning the levees and dams. There are roughly over 500 dams here in Missouri holding back water of some form or another. In order to be included in the governmental standards basis they have to be over 36 feet high. The problem is that new regulations need to be passed just for dams and then for levees as we have seen this year the failure of many this season. Unfortunately, it takes a disaster like we have had this year in order to realize that there is a problem. The good news is that the water will eventually go down. The bad news is that this all will have been thrown under the rug within a year until the next one. John is exactly right. What is it going to take?