Cleanup continues after heavy rains flooded homes

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SOUTH HOLLAND -- Heavy rains hammered the south suburbs Friday, turning basements into basins, streets into streams, and lawns into lagoons. One of the hardest hit places was South Holland, where homeowners were still cleaning up and pumping water out of their basements Saturday.

“Cottage Grove was flooded, up to Route 6,” said South Holland resident George Deboer. “My street had two feet to two and a half feet of water in the front.”

By Saturday afternoon there were still a few remnants of the storm aside from a flooded park, broken branches, and carpet cleaners making house calls.

“It’s funny because you walk around and it’s like nothing ever happened,” said South Holland resident Hadiyah Swain.

Other South Holland residents like Deja Gather have a much bigger basement cleanup on their hands.

“We had to run down and grab stuff, like there was a PS3 down here, important files getting wet and everything,” Gather said. “We got to get a new couch, new furniture, new rug, basically all the stuff that got damaged, we got to get it replaced.”

The storm was highly localized, with some parts of South Holland completely dry and others dealing with big clean up.

And the people who have spent all Saturday cleaning up say they’re especially concerned about more rain in the forecast.

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