Water-logged garbage piling up in Steger; Residents hope for funding

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STEGER, Ill. — Residents in south suburban Steger are not only coping with flood damage from last week’s storms but the cleanup from the storms is not going well.

Overflowing dumpsters have been seen all over the town as water-weary residents continue to struggle.

The number of homes affected according to the Steger mayor number in the hundred.

The storm dumped too much rain in too short of time and businesses and homeowners got hammered.

Monday at the village board meeting, residents shared stories of their losses.

Other residents voiced concerns about the Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary and its mismanagement of the downpour, which residents said was five inches in two hours.

Steger Mayor Kenneth Patterson, Steger Mayor said he will look into that as the village begins to tabulate the losses from businesses and homeowners to recover losses not covered by insurance.

Residents said they want Gov. Pritzker to visit the area and survey the damage.  They hope he would see the issues and authorize some government financial relief funds.

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