Dear Editor:

Letter to the Editor,

First of all, I would like to express our sympathy to those people along the Missouri River who are being affected by this year's flooding, and to say thank you to all of the countless volunteers who have come together to help with the flood relief efforts. The amount of work that has been completed is nothing short of amazing, and truly shows the spirit of the people of our great state.

With all of the news coverage on the flood affected areas, it is easy for people to forget there are areas of the Missouri River that are usable. It is the narrow, river-like sections immediately downstream from the dams' high releases that are flooding. The vast, wide-open areas of the lakes are at their seasonal high water levels but flowing safely. Boat ramps are still open, people can still get on the water, and the fish are still biting.

River City Racin's Hydroplane Boat Races are still going on as scheduled on June 18-19 in Chamberlain. This event showcases several different classes of boats racing on the Missouri River going at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Professional racers from all across the United States will be here for your enjoyment, as well as other entertainers and an outdoor concert.

In an effort to do our small part to help the flood victims, a portion of all proceeds generated at River City Racin' will go towards flood victims' relief in South Dakota. We invite everyone to attend this unique event, and if you want more information, please go to our website at www.rivercityracin.org. We hope to see you there!

Tom Davis

president River City Racin' Inc,


(Editor's note: Four members of the Philip Ambulance Service and one of their ambulance units will be on standby at this event.)