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Des Plaines officials urge residents to stay off river

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Viorel Domasneanu, left, and Francisco Michel of ServiceMaster Restoration load damaged trim onto a front loader on Big Bend Road in Des Plaines while assisting with damage from last week's Des Plaines River flooding.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Vic Kamka, who lives on Big Bend Road in Des Plaines, views his living room as he and other residents of the flood-ravaged area continued cleanup Thursday. His house has flooded four times. "I had everything replaced in this house, and it's all for nothing."

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

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Vic Kamka, who lives on Big Bend Road in Des Plaines, stands beside a washer and dryer that were purchased new in 2008, only to be destroyed in last week's Des Plaines River flood.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Water is being pumped from a back yard as residents in the Big Bend area of Des Plaines deal with damage from last week's Des Plaines River flooding. The neighborhood was one of the hardest hit in the city by last week's flood.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

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Des Plaines officials are urging residents to stay off the Des Plaines River, even though water levels reported by the National Weather Service dropped to flood stage 7.13 feet by Thursday afternoon. The river crested at a record 10.92 feet Friday, April 19, and has been steadily receding despite additional rainfall Tuesday.
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    • Viorel Domasneanu, left, and Francisco Michel of ServiceMaster Restoration load damaged trim onto a front loader on Big Bend Road in Des Plaines while assisting with damage from last week's Des Plaines River flooding.
    • Vic Kamka, who lives on Big Bend Road in Des Plaines, views his living room as he and other residents of the flood-ravaged area continued cleanup Thursday. His house has flooded four times. “I had everything replaced in this house, and it’s all for nothing.”
    • Vic Kamka, who lives on Big Bend Road in Des Plaines, stands beside a washer and dryer that were purchased new in 2008, only to be destroyed in last week’s Des Plaines River flood.
    • Water is being pumped from a back yard as residents in the Big Bend area of Des Plaines deal with damage from last week’s Des Plaines River flooding. The neighborhood was one of the hardest hit in the city by last week’s flood.
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