State of emergency across region

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Sue Mongthaveephangsa waits for neighbors to help sandbag her property in the Albany Park neighborhood. (Tribune /  E. Jason Wambsgans)

Rain-swollen rivers and creeks forced hundreds of voluntary evacuations across the Chicago region today, damaged homes and at least one architectural landmark, left two Indiana men drowned in a drainage ditch, and triggered emergency declarations in half a dozen Illinois communities and all of Cook County.
 

Fire officials in Chesterton, Ind., near Indiana Dunes State Park, confirmed  that two men there died, apparently drowning in a flooded drainage ditch, but details were not available.

Evacuations were carried out today in Des Plaines and Riverside along the Des Plaines River, in the Albany Park neighborhood along the Chicago River, in north suburban Glenview along the west fork of the north branch of the Chicago River, and in west suburban Addison along Salt Creek.

"I have never seen flooding like this," said Albany Park resident Babu Daniel, who has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years, as he walked through his neighborhood in water up to his knees.

Addison and Des Plaines declared emergencies, along with Glendale Heights, Bensenville, Warrenville and Wood Dale. Cook County Board President Todd Stroger declared an emergency across the entire county.

Roads in and around a section of  Warrenville were closed this afternoon as the West Branch of the DuPage River rose and completely covered a section of Warrenville Road.

Police and ESDA personnel rerouted traffic and kept curious onlookers away from the moving water which swelled over the river banks some time today.

The water completely covered five lanes of Warrenville Road just east of Batavia Road.

Jim LoBianco, managing deputy commissioner with the Chicago Department of Human Resources, said 38 people spent Saturday night at a make-shift shelter in the historic Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium building in the North Park Village, less than 10 blocks away from the worst flooding.

The 38 people, all from the Albany Park neighborhood on the city's northwest side, included 11 senior citizens and one child. The relief center was prepared to hold at least 170 people, LoBianco said. Also spending the night were three dogs and one cat, and a city animal control and care van was parked not far from a Salvation Army van serving hot meals.

 "The city has made a concerted effort to allow people to relocate with their pets," LoBianco said.

Since early Saturday morning, the Chicago Departments of Streets and Sanitation's Bureau of Forestry and Electricity has responded to 137 reports of damaged trees, 52 malfunctioning traffic signals, 7 damaged light poles 25 downed wires and 127 city blocks where street lights were all out, according to a news release.

Starting around 10 p.m. Saturday, fire department officials went door to door in the neighborhood and let residents know about the emergency shelter. People were taken to the center in vans, and city human services department employees helped take people with special dietary and medical needs to the grocery store and pharmacy, LoBianco said.

This morning, muddy water ran through the neighborhood. Albany Park is a mix of brick single-family houses and townhouses, and home to many immigrants, young families, and seniors, the latter of whom said they'd never seen the Chicago River flood so much.

Neighbors took photos, started running sump pumps and made sandbags of their own. At a park, the water covered a tennis court and was about a half-foot from the top of a tennis net, and a few children splashed in the water by the net, laughing.

City water department workers drove bulldozers up and down the streets, urging people to stay out of the water, and dropping sandbags onto already-flooded sidewalks. A few blocks away, several city dump trucks full of sand waited, but it wasn't in bags yet.

Shylo Bisnett, 29, who lives on North Avers Avenue near the flooded intersection with West Carmen Avenue in Albany Park, helped clear drains clogged with leaves.

Bisnett said the block of West Carmen that ends at the river has been flooded since about 3 p.m. Saturday, and while the city began towing cars blocking drains, officials didn't start sandbagging until Sunday morning, she said. She said her neighbors, many with flooded basements, have been sandbagging all night, and she wished the city had started sooner.

"They've been up all night, emptying their basements," Bisnett said of her neighbors. "(The city) should have done this by 5 p.m. yesterday (Saturday)."

A block away, Babu Daniel, 62, made his way through knee-high water in the 5100 block of North Avers Avenue, a plastic bag partially over his head to keep him dry - a losing battle - and his feet barefoot to avoid ruining his shoes.

 His family stayed put as waters rose on Saturday, but by 10 a.m. today, they decided it was time to leave. He had belongings wrapped in trash bags, and five family members followed him. Daniel said the family's cars were under too much water to use; they were walking up the street to meet another family member who could drive them to his home in Skokie.

"I have never seen flooding like this," Daniel said, who has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.

Over on North Springfield Avenue, Amanda Anderson, 28, was one of the few families in the flooded zone that decided to stay put, even though water came up to her doorstep, and her home's garden apartment had more than five feet of dark water in it, the newly-refinished bathroom presumed to be ruined. At 10:30 a.m. today, city officials came by with sandbags for her front porch, several of the bags disappearing into the water as they dropped them.

"They should have been here sooner," she said. "When the river started hitting Foster (Avenue), they should have been on it," she said.

Anderson had already sent her two-and-a-half-year son, Ethan, to stay with her mother about two blocks away, but decided to stay in the home with husband Casey, 27, because Amanda Anderson's 86-year-old grandmother was on the second floor. Amanda Anderson said her grandmother is largely bed-ridden and the family decided it'd be too risky to move her.

"I'm not going to leave my grandma," Anderson said. She said she wasn't worried about staying in the home, because she keeps it well-stocked with a variety of food.

"I have a toddler, and he's picky," she said. "I could feed the building."

In Riverside, firefighters knocked on the door of Gail Emond's condominium at 5 a.m. today and told her and her husband, Bart Dziekonski, to evacuate. By this afternoon the couple, their two cats and three neighbors were in motel rooms in Lyons, watching the Bears game.

The Des Plaines River had flooded into the basement windows of their condo in Riverside and the basement was submerged in water, Emond said this afternoon.

"Can I have a beer?" she joked. "We're just trying to stay calm. It's hard but what can you do? I'm sure other people have it worse."

Emond's street, West Avenue, and First Avenue in Riverside were among several streets closed in that town after the Des Plaines flooded the area. Officials were still awaiting the river's crest this afternoon.

Firefighters used boats to evacuate residents in an 11-building apartment complex and two subdivisions along Salt Creek on the east side of Addison this morning, according to village spokesman Don Weiss.

The voluntary evacuations began at about 5 a.m. An emergency shelter was set up at the recreation center at Centennial Park near the corner of Lake Street and Rohlwing Road, Weiss said.

The main area of flooding was along Villa Avenue, which officials closed today because of high water from Lake Street to Lorraine Avenue.

The water level on Salt Creek was nearly four feet above flood stage at 11 a.m., Weiss said. That's a little more than a foot below where the creek crested during significant flooding in 1987, Weiss said.

The evacuations were recommended by village officials for residents of The Villa Brook Apartments in the 100 block of South Villa Avenue, and also the nearby Normandy Manor and Home Addition subdivisions.

Weiss could not estimate how many people live in the affected areas. He said the evacuations were voluntary, but many people seemed to be complying, seeking shelter with friends and relatives outside the flood zone.

There were also voluntary evacuations in Glenview in a residential area near the west fork of the north branch of the Chicago River, officials said.

"We talked to residents and strongly encouraged them to evacuate," said Janet Bishop, communications director with the Village. She said approximately 30 people stayed in a temporary park district shelter on Saturday night. Some were planning to stay again tonight.

Skokie began emergency operations on Saturday after receiving approximately seven inches of rain. Parts of Skokie Boulevard remained closed today and other streets had some flooding.

The Edens Expressway was closed Saturday at Pratt and vehicles could not enter the Edens Expressway at Dempster Street going southbound.

An alert to Wilmette residents said that all areas of the village are experiencing flooding. A flood warning remained in effect today. A section of Sheridan Road in Wilmette was closed Saturday and some side streets remained flooded today.

Jeff Long, Emily S. Achenbaum, Vikki Ortiz, Ted Gregory and Brian Cox

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Aid request: Chicago authorities said Sunday morning they will ask the governor's office to issue a disaster declaration for the city because of flooding caused by record rainfall.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 4:30 Sunday afternoon for large portions of northern Illinois, plus several counties of northwestern Indiana. The warning covers all or parts of the following Illinois counties: Ford, Iroquois, Boone, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Winnebago, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will, plus the Indiana Counties of Jasper, Newton, Lake and Porter.

Roadways:

-- The Bishop Ford Freeway has been closed from 130th Street to the city limits because of  flooding.

-- River Road in Rosemont is closed from I-190 and points north. Vehicles are able to exit the parking lot of the River Road CTA Blue Line stop. River Road between 190 and Higgins Road had significant flooding Saturdayday, but it appears to be worse now.

-- In Naperville, 95th Street west of 248th Street was flooded with several inches of water Sunday morning. Signs are posted to advise residents not to maneuver through the area. Motorists are advised to avoid that area and use alternate routes to reach their destination.

IDOT's list of road closings

And more on chicagotribune.com's traffic report (right side of page). 

Airports: Flight operations at O'Hare and Midway were going normally Sunday, a city aviation official said.

-- At the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, extensive flooding forced the closing of hotel garages. Vehicles inside the multi-level garage were safe, but the ground level, from which cars were ordered moved Saturday, is under more than 2 feet of water. Guests whose cars were stuck inside the garage were being offered an extra night's stay free.

From Phil Vettel


CTA service: Blue Line trains to O'Hare resumed Sunday after being suspended for much of Saturday, but service is not normal, agency chief Ron Huberman said. Blue Line trains still are running from Rosemont to the airport but at reduced levels. A vault fire caused by flooding at the airport caused "significant damage" to cables that control signals and switches for trains going into O'Hare, he said. It could take more than a month to complete repairs and testing, Huberman said. Train service from Rosemont to downtown Chicago is running normally, he said.

The big flush: The Water Reclamation District released 62 billion gallons of water into Lake Michigan Saturday, district President Terry O'Brien said at a news conference Sunday. The district's seven wastewater treatment facilities were filled to capacity Saturday after taking in 90 billion gallons of water, he said. On Sunday the Chicago River was 2 feet below where it was the day before, he said.

The Greater Chicago Red Cross has opened four shelters for people displaced by flooding in the city and suburbs. The shelters are located at:
-- North Park College at 5801 N. Pulaski. The shelter was opened early Sunday to care for people who were evacuated from parts of the Albany Park neighborhood when the Chicago River crested.
-- The Des Plaines Park District at 515 E. Thacker in Des Plaines.
-- St. Stevens Lutheran Church at 14700 S. Kildare in Midlothian in the south suburbs.
-- Mt. Carmel School, 1101 N. 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park.

 

Closings: Brookfield Zoo will be closed Sunday because of flooding on nearby roads, a spokeswoman said. She said all animals have been moved safely indoors.

Events canceled: (Know of a cancellation? Send a notice to chicagobreaking@tribune.com)

-- The fourth annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts in the city's Lake View neighborhood canceled its second day of events Sunday due to the weather.

-- Celtic Fest Chicago at Grant Park has been canceled due to rain.
  

Saturday's rainfall, as measured at O'Hare International Airport, was at least 6.63 inches, breaking the city calendar-day record of 6.49 on Aug. 14, 1987. Records have been kept since 1871. (Read full coverage of Saturday's deluge).

Expect widespread rain Sunday morning, then scattered light showers in the afternoon. There could be an additional 2 to 3 inches of rain in some areas, the National Weather Service predicted. High temperatures will be in the 60s. There is a 30 percent chance of light showers Sunday night, with low temperatures in the 50s. The region should begin to dry out Monday. Cloudy skies are forecast but no new rainfall.

Towed vehicles: The city's Department of Streets and Sanitation said dozens of vehicles have been towed in flooded areas. Relocated vehicles that were south of the Chicago River are being taken to 4958 N. Springfield, the department said in a news release. Vehicles that were relocated from north of the river are being taken to the Northeastern Illinois University Parking Lot, Lot "L."

 


54 Comments

I live in Albany Park and was out helping to fill and load sandbags until about 2 a.m. (a good way to learn the sad truth about your physical condition, especially the next morning.), and I have to give props to the dozens of city workers I was with, who were out there busting their tails (and backs) in the rain working to help residents. Heartfelt thanks for all the work you did overnight and will do today.

I live around the Albany Park area and getting home from work yesterday and going to work today was a misery but thankfully everyone seemed to be cooperating and all the traffic just didn't seem so bad.

Wife of City Worker on September 14, 2008 12:31 PM

to Caldiore-Thank you for appreciating the hard work of city workers. My husband was over there (still is as a matter of fact) working and this comes after he took his mandatory unpaid "furlough day" on Friday. It's just nice every now and then to see something written where hard working city workers aren't being bashed! Best of luck to you and yours!

Here in River Grove we're taking on lots of water, but the basement pumps and the electricity have held on, thank goodness. Some of our neighbors haven't fared as well--someone down the block had 9 feet of water in their basement.

Many thanks to the emergency services workers who have been out in full force since the wee hours of the morning! They've been evacuating people by boat if necessary, and I know many of them live in the area and are experiencing flooding problems at their own homes.

your neighbor on September 14, 2008 1:33 PM

I want to thank all of the dedicated people from the CFD, CPD, ComEd, Peoples Energy, Streets and Sanitation, and Water Reclamation district for all the hard work they are doing to help bring me back home.

I want to thank all the neighbors who chipped in, even when it was obvious that the bagging had become an excercise in futility.

I want to know why 311 had no clue about the evacuations or that there was even flooding in the city when I called this morning.

I want to know if the rumor I heard about the flood gates being opened too late for due to City of Chicago burocatic bungling are true and to what extent that bungling contributed to the flooding.

I want to go home.

JUST AS IT IS HERE IN NORTHWEST INDIANA, VALPARAISO
IT HAS BEEN RAINING FOR DAYS, AND STILL RAINING.
THE WIND IS BLOWING AROUND OUT THERE HARDER NOW THAN BEFORE, FROM HURRICANE IKE. I LIKE THE RAIN BUT, I FEEL BAD FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE WORKERS AND OUR AMERICAN HERO'S THAT GET STUCK OUT IN IT. CARING FOR THE PEOPLE AND DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST. GOD BLESS YOU ALL STAY SAFE!

COMING FROM N.W. INDIANA AGAIN:
THERE ARE MANY ROAD CLOSINGS AND THE EVACUATION OF SOME NEIGHBORHOODS, IN VALPARAISO, INDIANA
THEY HAD TO CLOSE DOWN SOME OF THE ROUTES COMING FROM I90 INTO VALPARAISO AND CHESTERTON.
OVER IN HAMMOND, INDIANA THEY ARE TALKING OF EVACUATTING SOME NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR THE RIVER THERE BECAUSE OF FLOODING. THE RIVER IS CLOSE TO OVERFLOWING. THE HIGHEST IT HAS EVER BEEN. BEING SO CLOSE TO LAKE MICHIGAN I JUST HOPE THIS AREA DOESN'T BECOME LAKE MICHIGAN!
STAY SAFE PEOPLE

tom andersson on September 14, 2008 2:21 PM

i was one of the workers out there sandbagging and helping people put bags around there house i did it for 9 hours non stop and let me tell you that when you see a nice comment like the one above it makes you realize that the one good comment helps forget all the bad ones that people always say about city workers i work and i volunteered to go gave up my day off with my family to help those people out so when someone wants to say a bad thing about city workers where all not the same i work and take pride in my job

I, too, would like to thank all of the city workers who worked so hard in awful conditions. Hauling heavy sandbags and cleaning out disgusting drains, you are awesome! We evacuated at 3:30 in the morning last night and had some late night visitors from the fire department, checking on our safety.

I also appreciate all of the neighbors who we got to meet as a result of the flooding. You are a great bunch and I look forward to getting together once I get the 3 feet of water out of my basement. We always wanted a place on the water!

jp from california on September 14, 2008 2:38 PM

I have a cousin who lives in griffth, last i spoke to her this morning, her house was flooded and she was trying to get the water out...can anyone tell me if griffith has been evacuated???
thank you.

Hello:
Anyone know how it is on West Pratt Boulevard, near N. California Street?
I'm not seeing it in the reports, although Pratt was earlier. One picture I saw looked like that neighborhood....
Thanks.

I noticed the photos of neighborhood volunteers included good samaritans of all colors. This reminds me of a friend new in town who lives in Albany Pk. She was pleasantly suprised while attending a block party, that everyone got along so well and shared food from many ethnic backgrounds. Just a reminder not to judge by race or color. Young kids were helping too, Albany Park can be proud of it's residents.

Good to hear the City of Chicago is doing their part and Cook County also.

Too bad we can't send all this water to the Southwest where they're having droughts.

I live in Richton Park, Il in the Southern Suburbs and no one is talking about the flooding out here. We cannot get out of our homes. Out basements have water gushing in from the Window Wells and several inches of water already. Please send help

Will THE GOVERNOR declare a state of Emergency? for the use of FEMA.

Just want to say that griffith, Indiana is not being evacuated. My daughter lives there.

What happened to the Deep Tunnel Project that was supposed to alleviate or prevent this type of flooding?

Stroger has the power to declare an emergency? That's kind of unsettling. I thought he just had the power to tax. Someone wake the governor.

Morris \ \\grundy county,illinois

Foundations are collapsing on many homes and flood waters continue to rise, I hope the Governor helps us out , \PLEASE!!!! I'm on the verge of losing our home.

\Our neighbors are too busy trying to save their our home.

This rain is AWFUL! As a lifelong Chicagoan living in DC, I came back this weekend to watch my favorite team the WHITE SOX play like I have done every year for the past 12 years. I thought for sure that they would play the game yesterday since I didn't even need to use my umbrella when i left the BERGHOFF, but NOOOOOOOO! Tis city is a bunch of Rain Whimps!

This rain is AWFUL! As a lifelong Chicagoan living in DC, I came back this weekend to watch my favorite team the WHITE SOX play like I have done every year for the past 12 years. I thought for sure that they would play the game yesterday since I didn't even need to use my umbrella when i left the BERGHOFF, but NOOOOOOOO! Tis city is a bunch of Rain Whimps!

I live in Crete, Roads are closed and basements flooded. Its Bad. We are going to need help.

Are we a disaster due to rain or finances?

My son goes to a special school over in West Rogers Park, at Kednzie and Pratt. I know the Chicago River runs along there but the banks are very high How is that area?

Monticello Avenue on September 14, 2008 6:31 PM

I live on Monticello and my basement is flooded. I think the workers tried to help and thank you to them and every one else.


My question is, my neighbor who has lived here for many many years has been asking since the last big flood in 1987 for the city to shore up the end of the street at the river just in case this happened. The city said they did a cost effectiveness study and it was not worth it to secure the banks of the river at Monticello Ave. Now look what happens. We have been asking for protection for a long time and the city won't put up a berm or some form of blockage at the river there. They did however build a bridge for bicyclists for over 2 million dollars right there. And when they did they altered the river.


Can the Tribune ask City Hall why they never agreed to build a little protection for the neighborhood from the flooding of the river? Instead, they told us we weren't "cost effective" to help protect from flooding.

yet another reason why chicago doesn't need another ferris wheel right now.

I am out of town, returning tomorrow. As far as I know, my Berwyn home is okay. I have no idea whether or not my flight into Midway will be on a dry runway or a water landing - I pray it is the former. I am so close to Brookfield Zoo and Riverside and I have been reading of the evacuations. I feel so badly for those suffering from this and I have been looking for articles about Hizzoner and Governor Hairdo, and what is being done to help our fellow citizens. I could not find much - I guess those two are making sure Tony Rezko's swamp land that is up for sale is okay or something equally important.

As an ex-Chicagoan who nows lives in Atlanta, please send some of the rain down here. We desperately need it.

Blago only around when the circus is in town He's the head clown..and stroger is his apprentice.......

Today I saw the flooding in the Forest Preserve NE of Devon & Milwaukee. The coverage of the floodplain gives new meaning to the name "Whealan Pool." After the water goes down, there will be a little cleanup of mud & debris from the trails, grass, and picnic shelter. The cost is minor. Contrast this with the flooding in Albany Park in a similar hydrologic relationship to the River, which is a disaster to many residents. It's the buildings where they shouldn't be, which is creating this emergency situation in Cook County. This flooded area should be deconstructed and turned into a floodplain park, like those nearby.

I have various family and friends in the city, and to be quite honest I am very disappointed at the city's emergency responce policies. Countless people are making some efforts to help out the community but as far as I have witnessed it is total chaos and disorder. The city needs a better emergency plan, it sucks!

First, Todd Stroger is useless!
2nd - where is Rod B??
And finally, the city responded to the situation the best way possible.
First the city employees who have to live in the city made sure their neighborhoods were dry - then they helped the others!! Just kiddin'
The city did the best it could - that rain came down so fast in such a short amount of time - it is not even to be questioned if the city responded in time.
Also, has that Albany Park area flooded before? Does anyone know?? Like back in 1987?? It is a flood zone??

I've lived in Albany Park for 33 years and this is, contrary to some posts, nothing new - though it may be worse than most times. I remember as a youth canoeing on lake Lawndale when the river overflowed. It was bad, but it's something that you have to know will happen given where we live. People, thank the workers (City and Civilian) for their efforts and keep in mind that there is a river at the end of most blocks that overflows at least 3 times a year. It is a rarer occurrence nowadays to have it actually crest but it happened.

This is no ones fault in particular. The Alderman did not make it rain, the Mayor didn't fudge the weather reports and City Workers weren't just looking down holes. Please keep all of this in mind as the lynch mob mentality starts picking up. I'd like to go home as most of the 4900 and 5000 blocks would but I want to do it it a timely manner when the work is completed.

Thanks to everyone that helped.

North Side Guy on September 14, 2008 8:26 PM

To answer Phil. Deep tunnel was already full at 6:30 am on Saturday morning. That didn't take long to fill up. The 3 locks to the lake were all opened at different times of the day also Saturday. I believe if they didn't open the locks, a heck of a lot more people would be sobbing right now.
Bee - how can anybody be prepared for this sort of thing. Houses probably shouldn't be near water IMO. Can't blame the City for that. But with layoffs looming, and the fact that all the weather has been crazy the past few years, with less employees, expect even less the next time it happens. They are predicting big snow this winter. just wait and see what happens then.

Lifelong Chicagoan on September 14, 2008 9:20 PM

Don Kosin -- do us all a favor and don't return next year for your game. The Sox won't miss you and neither will the rest of us. People around here are losing their homes from the flooding -- or can't you read well enough to read the paper? Neither the world nor the weather revolves around you. Idiot -- you didn't eat at the Berghoff. It's been closed for two years.

I live in the apartment complex in Addison mentioned above. We drove out of there at about 9am, while we still could... if we had left soon after that we would have been trapped and had been forced to evacuate. It's terrible there. I wonder when we will get word when we will be able to get back there. Luckily I'm on a 2nd floor apartment, but I'm afraid that I won't be able to get back there until next weekend or something.

great job by streets and San, gas company, electric company cops and fireman. We are on 5100 block of drake and they have been around both days. Thank you! We are still without power, but all of our neighbors are sticking this out together. Good luck everybody!

Bless all of the volunteers and workers who are helping people keep & get the water out of their homes. Also my thoughts are prayers are with those who are struggling to get through this situation.

The Riverwalk in downtown Naperville is flooded and the DuPage River running under Washington St. just south of the downtown area is very close to reaching the bridge. Also some severe flooding in a condominium complex in Lisle.

The news has posted a northwest Indiana nursing home was evacuated. Does anyone know the Name of the Nursing Home?

I was out of town for the weekend, and awoke Sunday morning to videos of my neighborhood filled with water...prayers are with everyone affected...but all I have is video and flickr streams to go by..

does anyone know the water level at Argyle & Harding?

I lived through having my basement flooded with 3.5 feet of water and 1986 and 1987 as a child. The sewers backed up and that is why we flooded, even though we didn't live near the river. My mom was a single parent, our insurance wouldn't cover anything so my sister, my mom and I put rubber gloves on and washed everything down in bleachwater and then pine sol once we pumped out our basement and it dried out a little. And then we got tetnus shots at the local hospital. Fun times!

When I was in grad school, my mother wanted to sell her house but memories of the flooding made it hard to sell. So my husband and I bought the home for the appraised value. First thing we did was drop a couple grand for a one-way valve so the sewer could never back up again into our basement. We lived there for 5 years and then sold the home and moved 2 miles away near Holy Family hospital.

When we searched for a larger home, the first thing we did was check the land elevation. I never wanted to live through a flooded basement again. The first big rain in our new home, I was extremely nervous and obsessively checked the sub basement. With the rains this last weekend, I checked the sub basement and other areas that I thought could possibly flood. Dry as a bone. The water hit the driveway and flowed down the driveway into the curb and down the drain. Imagine that! No flooded park with idiot teenages canoing across it.

I still live in Des Plaines but it is amazing to me how many live near the river and not much seems to be done. Deep tunnel was done and probably saved us from worse flooding but how about a reinforced wall along the river to protect the road and the residents?

I live in Lemont and our lower level flooded--it was fully furnished, and we had to remove all the furniture and tear out our carpeting. It was a huge mess and it will be very expensive to clean up, but I'm grateful I don't live in the areas of Texas that were hit by Ike!

I am from England and I know it rains a lot there but I haven't seen as much rain as happened over the weekend for a long time. I am staying in Norridge and the basement of the house I am in had a tiny amount of water in. I am thinking of those of you that are flooded and in danger of losing homes.

My mom lives right next to the river on Drake in Albany Park and we flooded back in '87. This brought back many sad and frightening memories.

However, we give thanks for the multitude of kind and helpful city workers who helped sandbag the front and backyard. Their presence took a lot of stress and worry off of all of us.

Is anyone else in that area? Has the water receded? Is there still water on the street at Drake and Argyle?

"Near the Chicago river" does not help. Where is Albany Park? What streets are open?

I am wondering where is Obama right now. I live in the Chicago area and we had been hit by major floods and I hear he is going to Colorado today. How sad that both Dupage County and Cook County are diaster areas and he is no where to be found? Can the citizens of Illinios request a refund of his pay for the past 18 months? I voted for him for Senate and now I do regret it.

Where is the coverage of the flooding in the Western suburbs and DuPage? There was a lot of flooding out here but I am not seeing any coverage other than that for Cook and Chicago. There are areas out here that are impassable and homes out here that are flooded but have hardly heard mention of it. I know that there are streets closed here and can't find anything on that. All I see is information on Cook. Don't the rest of the counties deserve some coverage on this?

The Red Cross assisted at the shelter in North Park Village, and I met some of the kind people from Albany Park who had to evacuate their homes. I wrote about them here. Read their stories, and learn how the Red Cross is helping: http://chicagoredcross.org/detalle_noticias.asp?id=2180&SN=518&OP=1995&IDCapitulo=VF223FBDFD

Thank you to all of the VOLUNTEERS like Red Cross, EMA/ESDA and others that are helping out in this disaster. City workers are city workers, but volunteers are what is preventing this disaster from being even worse.

I live on on St. Louis and we got sand bags around 2 or 3 am last night. I wanted to go out with coffee for the guys working but I have no power. SO Let me say thanks guys for all your help in the area.
Now I just hope the foundation holds and that the water drains in the not to distant future.

I am concerned by seeing pictures of all of these kids playing in flood water. It has been my experience that you shouldn't do that. It's dangerous because you don't know what is in that water. Yes, I understand that you might have to run through it to get to dry land, but stay out of it otherwise. Also, if you have to be in it, make sure you get a tetanus shot!

Kathryn Marzano on September 16, 2008 12:05 PM

My dauhter lives in the apartment complex off Villa ave and voluntarally evacuated on Saturday after being told they would evacuate later in the evening which they did. We went over that way Monday around 4:30pm had to park on a side street and walk down fullerton, where I took pictures. I spoke to a police officer and he said it was going to crest Monday nite but the paper said it crested Sunday nite, I asked him about the Quarry and he had nothing to say. That flooding should never have happened especially after 87. My daughter is fine, but we don't know what we will be walking into.

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