Flood Relief

Crews prepare to blast a hole in the Thornton Quarry, the final such explosion needed to turn the quarry into an 8 billion-gallon flood-relief reservoir by 2015. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Big Blast At Thornton Quarry To Help Relieve Flooding Problems

The “last blast” on Monday at the Thornton Quarry, along I-80, was the first step toward using the big hole to help relieve flooding on the South Side and in the south suburbs.

WBBM Newsradio–09/23/2013

Flooding overwhelms homes in Fox Lake. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Federal Grants To Provide $190M In Flood Relief

Grants can be used to help with home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related expenses.

07/31/2013

Thousands of people whose homes or businesses were damaged by flooding in April and May line up in the Roseland neighborhood to apply for state aid on June 21, 2013, the deadline to apply for flood relief funds. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Line Up To Meet Deadline For State Flood Assistance

On Friday, thousands of Chicago area residents were lining up at social service centers, waiting for a chance to get help from the state to pay for flood relief from the April and May storms.

06/21/2013

Flooding overwhelms homes in Fox Lake. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

President Obama Signs Disaster Declaration For Illinois Flooding

President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for 11 counties in northeastern Illinois, including the entire Chicago metropolitan area. WBBM’s Bob Roberts says it opens the door for homeowners and businesses to seek disaster assistance.

05/11/2013

Flood Relief Workers: ‘Hopefully Our Presence Really Helps People’

Disasters like this week’s flooding bring out armies of volunteers to help those in need in the affected areas, doing what they can to bring a measure of comfort to the victims in a time of crisis.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn visits west suburban Elmhurst to view damage from flooding on April 18, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: ‘We All Have To Work Together’ In Face Of Major Flooding

As he toured flood damage in the western and northwestern suburbs, Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency, and said residents of northeastern Illinois must be prepared for flooding throughout the state over the next few days.

04/18/2013

Toni Preckwinkle chairs her first Cook County Board meeting

Preckwinkle Wants Answers On Botched Flood Relief

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to know what went wrong with a program designed to help repair flood-damaged homes.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2011

Todd Stroger

Party Cost $79K Meant For Flood Repair

Documents show the Todd Stroger administration threw a zoo party for families affected by flooding. It cost nearly $79,000 in federal grant money meant to restore flood-damaged homes.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010

Disaster Assistance

The deadline for applying for federal disaster assistance has been extended to Nov. 17, 2010.

10/12/2010