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.
A levee breach along the Des Plaines river sent water rushing into homes and basements in southwest suburban Forest View.
The surging Des Plaines River has overwhelmed the town of Forest View, flooding the vast majority of the area, and prompting a massive evacuation.
Emergency crews were dispatched early Tuesday to the scene of a hazardous materials scare in the southwest suburbs.