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Brian Crow's bathroom is under renovation following the April floods that his Lisle. (CBS)

Lisle Residents Piecing Lives — And Homes — Together After Flood

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot looks at how residents of the west suburb are coping, weeks after flooding ruined homes.

06/06/2013

Nelson Reyes, who lives on Monticello Ave at the river.  His house is to the right, and the bare spot in the far background  is where the sandbags were taken away this morning. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Albany Park Residents Worried By Removal Of Sandbags

Residents of an Albany Park street that was inundated with flooding in April are now concerned that the city of Chicago seems to be taking the sandbags away from the North Branch of the Chicago River.

06/05/2013

An SUV is stuck in a flooded viaduct near 43rd Street and Oakley Avenue, after heavy thunderstorms soaked the Chicago area overnight. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS 2)

Heavy Storms Cause Power Outages, Flooding In Chicago Area

Thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area were left in the dark overnight, and many local streets were flooded, after heavy thunderstorms soaked the region late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

05/29/2013

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

This was the scene in Marseilles, Ill. three weeks ago when the Illinois River flooded a section of town. (CBS)

Illinois River Town Still Recovering From Flood

Two hundred families still can’t return home in Marseilles. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

05/10/2013

A huge sinkhole opened up on South Side on Thursday. (Credit:Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio

Two Weeks Later, West Pullman Sinkhole Bigger Than Ever

Like the hole itself, it grew into a bigger job than first thought. Tonight, the hole is bigger than ever, the sewer smell worse than ever, and the residents are being told it will take at least a couple more weeks.

05/06/2013

A car is stranded in the middle of a downtown street after being overcome by floodwater in Des Plaines. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Buyer Beware: Flood-Damaged Cars Showing Up In Want Ads, Craigslist

The Chicago Automobile Trade Association, the Chicago area’s major new-car dealer group and sponsor of the Chicago Auto Show, has issued an alert to its members warning of the flood of damaged cars likely to be brought in.

05/04/2013

Crews used inflatable rafts and other boats to evacuate residents from Forest View, after the Des Plaines River flooded most of the town. (Credit: CBS)

Forest View Residents Vent Frustration Over Flooding

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.

04/23/2013

Beck was finally able to return to his home he was being evacuated by boat on Friday.  (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Suburban Residents Begin Clean-Up From Flooding

The clean up is underway in Chicago’s suburbs, reports WBBM’s Lisa Fielding.

04/23/2013

The swollen Des Plaines River reaches near the Madison Street Bridge near Maywood and Oak Park in 2013. (Photo courtesy Scott Davidson)

Niles Honors 3 Employees Who Saved Bicyclist From Flood Waters

The Village of Niles is honoring three public services department employees tonight who rescued a bicyclist from flood waters last Thursday morning.

04/23/2013

Mayor Emanuel at Eugene Field House along the Chicago River announcing a new deep tunnel project to help Albany Park. (Credit Michele Fiore)

Emanuel Announces New Project To Prevent Flooding In Albany Park

There’s a new deal today that Chicago city officials hope will help flooded home owners on the Northside.

04/21/2013

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

Quinn Declares Four More Illinois Counties Disaster Areas

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.

04/20/2013

Sandbags still sit outside a home in Albany Park, where flooding had left many streets and basements underwater on Thursday. The flooding began receding Thursday evening, and many of those streets and homes were dry by Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Clean Up Begins For Families Hit By Floods

Now the clean-up begins for thousands of Chicago area residents whose homes and businesses were inundated by flooding.

04/20/2013

Crews used inflatable rafts and other boats to evacuate residents from Forest View, after the Des Plaines River flooded most of the town. (Credit: CBS)

Flood Waters Starting To Recede In Hard-Hit Southwest Suburb

A levee breach along the Des Plaines river sent water rushing into homes and basements in southwest suburban Forest View.

04/20/2013

Morris Hospital was evacuated as a precaution Thursday. (CBS)

Morris Hospital Evacuates As Floodwaters Rise

A southwest suburban hospital has evacuated patients because of rising floodwaters from a nearby creek and the Illinois River.

04/18/2013

Brian Bell took this photo of a neighbor's flooded basement in north suburban Northfield. (Courtesy: Brian Bell)

Permits Or Not, Plumbers Working Overtime In Wake Of Flooding

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.

WBBM Newsradio–04/18/2013

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

Rain against window (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

State Of Emergency: Massive Rains Create Widespread Flooding

An epic deluge swamped Chicagoland on Thursday, submerging neighborhoods across the area and prompting Gov. Quinn to declare a state of emergency.

04/18/2013

Residents say the city tore down a home-made dam, creating flood conditions during rains and thaws. (CBS)

Dolton Residents: Village Destroyed Home-Made Dam, Causing Floods

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.

03/11/2013

A neighborhood destroyed by Hurricane Sandy (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Opinion: Sandy Reminds Us Of The Need For FEMA And That Romney Would Shut It Down

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.

10/30/2012

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