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A year after floods, suburban homeowners ready to let homes goApr 18, 2014 5:09 AM
When Heather and Matthew Roppel were told early last year their Des Plaines home on Big Bend Drive was eligible for a voluntary federal flood buyout program, they were among the first to sign up. A year after the April 18, 2013, flood, the Roppels and 20 neighbors learned there's now funding available from FEMA to buy out their homes. “Quite honestly I can't live through it anymore,” Heather Roppel said.
Record Store Day expected to rock in the suburbsApr 18, 2014 6:22 AM
The lines could start forming as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday as dozens of suburban music fans eagerly wait for their local record store to open. Such a sight would have been all but unthinkable a decade ago. But it happens every year now on the Saturday in April known as Record Store Day.
Schaumburg honors its invaluable volunteersApr 17, 2014 6:34 PM
After soldier Bryan Anderson lost both legs and his left hand to a bomb in Iraq in October 2005, he was overwhelmed by the goodwill of volunteers who physically and financially rebuilt his family’s Rolling Meadows home to make it accessible for him. After years of volunteerism of his own, he was the keynote speaker at Schaumburg’s Volunteer of the Year Awards Luncheon Thursday.
Support rising for couple with flood-ravaged mobile homeApr 17, 2014 3:29 PM
Unable to qualify for FEMA assistance after flood ravaged their mobile home a year ago, Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly of Elk Grove Township are getting help from local salesman Dan Whalen, members of Lutheran Trinity churches and others intent on moving the couple into a new mobile home. “If it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all,” Whalen says.
Flooding survivor near East Dundee isn't movingApr 17, 2014 5:27 AM
In the year since firefighters rescued Barrie Komorski and her dog from their flooded house near East Dundee, Komorski hasn't had the best of luck, as she lost her unemployment benefits and now struggles with her health. Yet Komorski hasn't lost her main symbol of independence, which is her home in a notorious flood plain. She has no plans to leave the place she's called home for 18 years.
Memories of Lisle flood ‘nightmare’ vivid a year laterApr 17, 2014 5:23 AM
If the sound of rain ever was calming to Debra Schulz of Lisle, it sure isn’t now. It hasn’t been for the past year. Because a year ago today, Schulz and thousands across the region awoke to devastating flooding after an overnight storm poured more than seven inches of rain on areas of DuPage County. “Now, every time it rains, I undoubtedly will have another nightmare that we’re being flooded again,” Schulz said.