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Frustration rises in flooded areas as rain falls in Chicago area

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DES PLAINES, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

All eyes are on already swollen area rivers Tuesday as rain begins to fall across the Chicago region and flood warnings remain in effect on several area waterways.

In addition to the rain that has begun to overspread the area, temperatures are expected to drop and we may even see some light snow showers, the National Weather Service said.

As a result of last week's storms, flood warnings continue for the:

  • Des Plaines River in Lake and Cook counties;
  • Fox River in Kane, McHenry, Kendall and LaSalle counties;
  • Kankakee River in Porter, Lake and Newton counties in Indiana; and
  • Iroquois River in Iroquois County.

High-standing water remains in many parts of northwest suburban Des Plaines, keeping many roads closed and homeowners stranded in water-logged homes as they wait for assistance to arrive.

Residents of the flood-ravaged areas have been dealing with the flood water for the last five days – and they are not happy about their town's clean-up and rescue job so far.

But the Salvation Army is trying to help, by handing out cleanup kits in the northwest suburb. The supplies are available at 609 West Dempster Street in Des Plaines, while their stock lasts.

Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, residents of Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side will be able to get cleaning supplies at the Salvation Army's divisional headquarters at 5040 North Pulaski Road.

The American Red Cross is also stepping in to help Chicago residents clean up after Thursday's flood.

Residents can pick up free cleaning supplies like mops and bleach on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the city's flood command center on Pulaski near Foster.

Flooding continues along the Des Plaines and Fox rivers, according to the Weather Service, adding insult to injury in already-saturated communities. An additional half to three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible across northeast Illinois on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

In Forest View, 46th and Wenonah was one of the hardest areas hit.

Residents found this sight hard to bear as their belongings were scooped up off of the street and into dumpsters.

"It's just amazing, you would never think something like this would happen in the small town of Forest View," Shari Gill says. "And just seeing them take my stuff away is just heartbreaking right now."

Shari Gill has called this street home for more than 20 years. Her basement took on 4 and a half feet of water. She's lost so much.

Down the street, Richard Shelton is busy gutting out his basement. Shelton's relatives are knocking down dry wall to be sure no mold inhabits his home.

"Everything was taken, thrown out, we lost everything," Shelton says.

His next door neighbors, the Winklers have even more damage--some of the worst on the block. Their living room, kitchen and basement were destroyed.

All that's left are "two dressers and a bed," Donna Winkler sys. "And some clothes and I'm grateful for that."

"I got neighbors we're helping each other, I've got friends and family and that's great," says Al Winkler. "These are just materialistic things, but they're ours."

Many neighbors with similar stories are coming together as they try to clean up and dry out.

River forecasts indicate this rainfall would slow the rate of the decline of water levels in the rivers, and if there is more than three-quarters of an inch of rain, or intense rain in a short time, it could result in rivers rising again.

The showers and possible thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday are expected to fall mainly south and southeast of the Chicago Metro area, the weather service said. Showers are likely into the evening, and as temperatures fall, there could be a mix of light rain and even light snow showers after midnight. No snow accumulation is expected, though temperatures will dip into the low 30s.

Wednesday should start out partly sunny, but there is a 40 percent chance of light rain and light snow after midnight again. Lows are expected to fall into the mid 30s late Wednesday.

The weather service continues to warn area residents that if they encounter a flooded roadway to turn around and find an alternate route.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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