Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sorry for Partying

Even with a late start, over 3 hours of waiting at two locks, a T.V. interview and strong winds Aaron and Jake traveled 44 more miles on Saturday ending in Hannibal, Missouri at mile marker 309. 

Here is the link to the T.V. interview

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Aaron and Jake passed through Quincy, Illinois during the day.  Across the river they also passed West Quincy, Missouri which is the home town of an infamous character.  The following story was written by Aaron prior to departure:

Sorry for Partying

Many of us remember the Great Flood of 1993. The flood was one of the most devastating in United States history, causing around $15 billion in damages. The water created an area of surface water larger and the Great Lakes, and flowed at a rate that would fill Busch Memorial Stadium within 69 seconds.

Unknown to many, it wasn’t just Mother Nature who wreaked havoc on these river towns.

James Robert Scott, of West Quincy, Missouri weakened a levee on the night of July 16 so the floodwater could bust through. That evening, the river flooded an area 14,000 acres, destroying several businesses, and taking out every bridge within 200 miles. In dramatic fashion, a barge was sucked through the levee into a gas station, resulting in a fiery eruption.

After only a few hours of deliberation, Scott was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for intentionally causing a catastrophe.

Scott broke the levee to strand his wife on the other sideof the river so that he was free to “party, fish, and have an affair.”

Posted by Aaron's dad

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