Thursday, May 9, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn has been touring affected counties and said that the results of the assessments will be used to request federal aid.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local governing bodies began assessing flood damage in DuPage County (as well as in Cook and Lake counties) this week, according to a press release from the Illinois Government News Network. The assessments are critical to attempts to secure federal government aid for counties affected by the mid-April floods, including grants and low-interest loans for individuals, and such loans for businesses, affected by the rising waters. Next week, assessors will begin discussions with local governments as well, which are eligible for up to 75 percent aid for flood-related expenses. “These …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Cook, DuPage and Kane counties are all along the declared disaster areas; businesses impacted by the flood are encouraged to contact the comptroller’s office.
Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka released a statement Wednesday pledging that state payments will be highly prioritized towards flood recovery efforts in counties declared disaster areas, including Cook, DuPage and Kane counties. “Recent storms and flooding have destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of residents in every part of our state,” Topinka said in a press release. “Many of those hit by this ‘once in a lifetime’ flood are struggling with what to do next, and in need of immediate help to rebuild and recover. “To that end, the Comptroller’s Office stands ready to work with business impacted by this natural disaster to prioritize delayed state payments. Likewise, the office will prioritize state payments for businesses …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Patch recaps top news stories from the week of April 21-27.
Here are some of the top stories from last week: Glen Ellyn Flood 2013: Disaster Relief Deadline, Yard Waste Collection, Library Information Library to Reopen Early Due to Community Support U.S. News: Glenbard South High School Ranks Among Best in State Don't want to miss this stuff during the week? Sign up for our free daily email newsletter, then like us on Facebook for a slightly different take. CoffeeCON 2013 Celebrates All Things Coffee May 4 Village: Flood Damage Recovery Could Require Building Permits New Glen Ellyn Italian Restaurant Seeks Servers YouTube Videos of April 2013 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Flooding Glenbard South Student Named a Presidential Scholar Semifinalist Sheriff: 42 Marijuana Plants Found in Bloomingdale Home Local …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Will you need a building permit for repairs after last week's flood? The Village provides a list of what would need one.
From the Village of Glen Ellyn: Flood events typically initiate new building improvements including sump pumps, emergency generators, foundation drains, site re-grading, roof drains, and flood proofing, all of which require building permits. It may also initiate the need for flood damage repairs. A building permit is required for the following repair or replacement work: For further information please see Planning and Development's Building Permits & Inspections webpage or contact the department at 630-547-5250.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Check out some video documentation of the floods that swamped much of Wheaton and Glen Ellyn last week.
We've pulled together a few videos off of YouTube that well-document some of the flooding in Wheaton last week, including 11-minutes from a Ford F250 owner driving through the sodden streets, shot with a head mount, and some of the runoff pouring through what looks like a concrete wall, which can't be good. And how about the comment on a wet Foxcroft Park? "This used to be a park with a pond, and it is now a giant—" "—Toilet! Gigantic toilet!" Check out the videos above!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The DuPage County Health Department is offering free well water testing to residents with private wells affected by the flood.
The DuPage County Health Department is offering free well water testing to county residents who have private wells that were impacted by recent flooding, according to a news release from the health department. This offer is only for DuPage County homes on private wells, and will be available until Friday, May 10. Residents who receive water from public water sources, such as municipalities, should contact their water supplier if they have questions about their water quality. Residents may stop at one of the Health Department’s Public Health Centers at 1111 West Lake Street in Addison; 1111 East Jackson Street in Lombard, or 111 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton to pick up well water testing supplies and instructions, as well as drop off …
HCS Family Services in Hinsdale will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday after it experienced a distribution increase earlier this week.
The food pantry at HCS Family Services in Hinsdale will be open an extra day this week and stay open longer hours to address an increased need after last week's extensive flooding in DuPage County. The HCS pantry will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, according to a release from the family services organization located in Hinsdale's Memorial Hall, 20 E. Maple St. Typically, the pantry is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only until 12:30 p.m. "The pantry itself was not affected by the flooding, but is being inundated this week with requests for food," the release reads. "In fact, Monday of this week, the food pantry experienced a 45 percent increase in distribution, staying open an extra two hours to meet …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Hopefully you're beginning to recover from the massive flooding of recent days. Here's a collection of the gee-whizziest photos on Patch from across the Chicago area.
Whether you’ve spent Friday at the mercy of an inordinately long rerouted commute or you’ve been down in the basement trepidatiously wading through murky liquid of questionable origins, you might want to see how others fared in this week's rains and floods. Here's a gallery of some of the most remarkable flood photos across the greater Chicago region. And remember, in most cases, it could be worse. Unless you were caught in the now-viral Oak Park-River Forest High School sewage geyser (that's the PG name). Those folks get a free pass to be as bitter as they want.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Weather Service issues a flood watch for the Chicago area; up to 2 inches of rain expected in some areas.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Cook, DuPage and Kane counties, and virtually the entire Chicago area, from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, until 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana this afternoon, with rain persisting through the night. Precipitation of 1.5 to 2 inches is likely, with some areas receiving more. "Much of the area continues to have frozen ground, with only the top few inches of soil having thawed," according to the weather service. "(This) could lead to a majority of the rainfall becoming runoff and resulting in a rapid rise to area streams and rivers." The chance for precipitation in Glen Ellyn is 75 percent by 6 p.m…