Clean-up is under way in suburban Forest View today. The small community of about 700 is dealing with tons of trash and debris following last week’s massive flooding.
People have thrown out furniture, food, electronics and heirlooms, as well as drywall and insulation.
Hundreds of Forest View residents voiced their frustrations at a town meeting Tuesday night, asking why town officials had not alerted them to the quickly rising flood waters and why they could not get help when they called 911. But despite the anger that was expressed, there is a lot of good will to go around today.
A contracting company is donating its time and equipment for clean-up in the suburb. And a neighbor tells WGN that one man used his own money to bring a $400 pump to go around the community, pumping out people’s basements and not asking for a cent.
Forest View resident Sue Galanos is organizing a group of volunteers to go door-to-door to check on people to see if they need food, blankets, towels or anything else.
Unfortunately many people in the community do not have flood insurance. They are hoping that, along with the state disaster declaration, there will also be a federal disaster declaration to help with the clean-up efforts.