DES PLAINES, Ill. (CBS) — It has been one month since major flooding overwhelmed much of the Chicago area, but many of the victims are no closer to being able to return to their homes.
In Des Plaines, near Big Bend Lake, the Des Plaines River makes a horseshoe shape around dozens of homes, many of which still have large storage containers on their driveways, and dumpsters and debris at their curbs.
Tom Curtis and his family have lived on Big Bend Drive for 15 years. A month ago, the Des Plaines River overflowed its banks, and water flooded his back yard, filled his basement, and rose to a couple of inches onto his first floor.
“This is the second time around in less than five years and I’m mad,” he said, as he continued to clean his house and dump debris at his curb.