The crowd cheered when Village President Richard Grenvich and Fire Department Shift Commander John Kaiser said no one in Forest View died. No one was seriously hurt and 258 people were rescued, some minutes from drowning. Power and water never shut down.
The clean up is underway in Chicago’s suburbs, reports WBBM’s Lisa Fielding.
The Village of Niles is honoring three public services department employees tonight who rescued a bicyclist from flood waters last Thursday morning.
There’s a new deal today that Chicago city officials hope will help flooded home owners on the Northside.
Governor Quinn has declared flood disasters in four additional Illinois counties. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports that the work of assessing damage is still far from over.
Now the clean-up begins for thousands of Chicago area residents whose homes and businesses were inundated by flooding.
A levee breach along the Des Plaines river sent water rushing into homes and basements in southwest suburban Forest View.
A southwest suburban hospital has evacuated patients because of rising floodwaters from a nearby creek and the Illinois River.
Some enterprising plumbers have been making a lot of money from the flooding on the North Side, where they’ve been side-stepping the law to help people out.
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.
An epic deluge swamped Chicagoland on Thursday, submerging neighborhoods across the area and prompting Gov. Quinn to declare a state of emergency.
Two years ago, Rodney Hewitt and Jerome Williams rented a Bobcat for $750 and built a 4-foot-high dam behind their property and the flooding stopped. They say the village came and destroyed it last summer.
Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.
Hurricane Sandy is so massive that it is already making its presence felt here in Chicago, causing huge swells on Lake Michigan and disrupting flight plans for thousands of people.
Given the drought conditions gripping the Midwest, the Chicago are really needs rain, but on Sunday, some areas got much more than they could handle.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning portions of northern Cook and DuPage counties through late Thursday.
Work to replace an aging water main in the Pilsen neighborhood was almost done Wednesday morning, but the cleanup may take a long time.
Crews have patched a 36-inch water main that ruptured in the Pilsen neighborhood Monday night, but full repairs were still underway and residents were still facing a long cleanup process after homes and businesses were flooded.
A South Side businessman has accused the city of playing dirty tricks to try and pressure him to sell his land to make way for new development. He says he’s got the mold, mildew and grimy mess in his basement to prove it.
Gov. Pat Quinn is sending 95 members of the Illinois National Guard and eight helicopters to Vermont to help with flood relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Irene.