Flooding caused many residents in the southwest suburbs to evacuate their homes by boat Friday.
Nearly 700 people had to be evacuated by boat in the town of Forest View, after the Des Plaines river spilled over its banks.
Governor Pat Quinn declared 38 counties disaster areas, clearing the way for more help. Mayor Rahm Emanuel toured hard hit areas of Albany Park Friday afternoon, along with Congressman Mike Quigley. The Governor surveyed the damage of the flooding in West Suburban Bellwood and Riverside.
Quinn said he didn’t believe the state had ever seen so much wide spread flooding. The state disaster declaration will help affected communities recover from flooding, and will allow the state to pursue federal relief and support.
Officials said the best way to get that assistance is to record every bit of loss, in detail.