Flood Victims Across Chicago Begin to Clean Up

A State of Emergency Declared in Cook County

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Flood Victims Across Chicago Begin to Clean Up
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CHICAGO -- After a powerful storm hit our homes in Chicago and its suburbs last week, we find ourselves still cleaning up the mess.

Early Thursday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency in Cook County, according to Chicago Tribune. The flooding became especially bad in Chicago's western suburbs.

I woke up Thursday morning only to find out that my basement had flooded. My children's playroom -- completely ruined. Couches, books, entertainment center, Play Station 3, Wii, tons of games and DVDs, carpets, and toys -- all under water.

We lost our heat and hot water due to the flood getting into the furnace and boiler. My husband's expensive tools and my washer and drier -- destroyed. But the flood didn't stop there.

According to the local Fox affiliate, about 24,000 Chicago ComEd customers lost power. On Thursday, on Chicago's South Side, a sink hole destroyed three cars and injured one resident.

ABC Chicago reports that at least 400 flights had to be canceled due to the flood at the O'Hare International Airport.

High water led to most major expressways to shut down, along with hundreds of schools and forest preserves. Even the Brookfield Zoo had to close its gates for only the third time in its history.

Along the Fox River in South Elgin, emergency responders have had to evacuate residents from home, officials said.

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