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Old 07-20-2015, 05:32 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Griggsville,Illinois
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Default Goldenrod Showboat Update.

Hi everyone, just wanted to check in as its been awhile. As many of you know the Illinois River has been flooding for awhile now and the Goldenrod has managed to ride it out without any problems. Unfortunately i can't say the same for our landing barge and ramps.

When the river first started coming up we realized that one of the compartments of the landing barge had several leaks. While efforts to get these leaks stopped were ongoing. The river caught up with us. The landing barge started taking on water to the point that the bow was riding high. Attempts to pump the leaking compartment out failed and the river eventually got into the forward compartments of the landing barge and totally sank it. One of our new ramps is accounted for but the newest one we built has never been found and probably never will be. Access to the boat by road has been hit and miss as the water keeps receding and then coming back up due to heavy rains to the north.

We continue to await the river to go down in order to be able to start cleaning the landing and the area around the boat as well as pump the landing barge out and getting it floating again. Just wanted to give everyone an update and let those interested know that the Goldenrod has been riding the flood out in fine fashion just as it always has in the past.

This has sure put a damper on our tours and other events that would have been held had it not been for the flooding. We are thankful that thinks haven't been worse and i will post back again when the water finally goes down.
Sincerely Wayne
Lead Caretaker for the Goldenrod Showboat
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