Its a heart-wrenching scene. Firefighters and paramedics from across the region, performing hundreds of rescues — bringing families, senior citizens and even pets to higher ground.
“It hurts. It hurts seeing families getting pulled out of their homes. Being able to help…would mean a lot to me,” said Bradley Melgoa, former Forest View resident.
Melgoza won a Purple Heart for his bravery in Iraq. But his injuries left him unable to lift anything heavier than a milk carton.
Melogoza can only watch his dad, Rafael, as the longtime Forest View resident tries to get the floodwaters out of his home on 45th and Clinton.
“It’s heartbreaking to see my mom and dad going through something that they shouldn’t have to experience,” Melogoza said.
It’s a scene being repeated across the Chicago area. People brought to their knees by the worst flooding in memory.
Out west in Naperville, the rain swollen west branch of the DuPage River causing extensive damage.
And the East branch of the DuPage not any better in west suburban Lisle.
To the southwest, Channahon is getting it from all sides, especially where the Des Plains and Kankakee rivers meet to form the Illinois.
Everywhere people repeating the same story — the rapidly rising waters forcing a mad scramble to grab what you can and run.