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updated: 6/27/2013 2:06 PM

Palatine mayor's office drying out after the storm

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  • Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz.

    Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz.


Add Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz's office to the long list of places needing a wet vac after Wednesday's deluge of rain.

Staff including Deputy Village Manager Mike Jacobs got into work Wednesday and noticed water streaming down the walls of his office at village hall. They quickly sprang into action.

"They said it was basically raining in my office, so they took down pictures of my kids at different events and one of my Bears jerseys," the former Chicago Bears linebacker said.

Schwantz said the office adjacent to his was really the epicenter, and that both rooms are having their carpets dried out and several ceiling tiles replaced.

Some drains were apparently clogged, Schwantz said, causing the four-plus inches of rain Palatine received over a few hours to find its way inside.

"You can plan and prepare for everything, but if Mother Nature wants to throw more at you than you can handle, there's not much you can do," Schwantz said.

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