River Forest residents are responding to the unprecedented damage caused to homes along the western end of

Lake Street
by recent flooding.


A volunteer cleanup effort has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26, from
and Saturday, Sept. 27, from to In addition, monetary donations are being solicited to assist those unable to afford the immediate costs of remediating flood damage.


Jamie Hogan, whose home at 532 River Oaks Drive sustained significant flood damage, is one of several people helping organize cleanup and recovery efforts for those most heavily impacted by the flooding. But not for herself, she said.


“It is important that our neighbors’ plight be visible and pull at the collective heartstrings of our community,” said Hogan. “I believe there are many residents who would willingly offer financial assistance.  They just need to know their contributions would really matter to some folks.”


Hogan said the disruption of people’s lives is greater than most know. “There are numerous apartments and town homes on

Lake Street
and at least five homes on River Oaks Drive that are not habitable right now,” she said.


Hogan emailed all village trustees and top administrators Wednesday seeking their support in the volunteer efforts. “I have spoken today with Trustee Conti and we have each committed to some further community outreach for both immediate physical assistance as well as identifying sources for desperately needed financial help for residents with grave needs and few resources,” she said.


Hogan didn’t stop there. A past president of the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors, Hogan said she’ll also use his forum as emcee of Thursday’s installation lunch for new association officers to advocate the organization offer its assistance.


Hogan also praised the continuing efforts of River Forest Patrolman Angie Hogan (no relation), who was among those singled out, along with Lt. Craig Rutz, as giving key assistance to residence at the height of the flood.


“(Her) given name is most appropriate, for she has truly been an angel to the neighborhood, (and) will help identify the residents with some of the most dire and immediate needs,” said Jamie Hogan.


Angie Hogan said via email Wednesday that volunteers are still needed for removing debris, cleaning and disinfecting basements along

Lake Street
.


“Those in need are seniors and/or people with disabilities who do not have the resources or help to do the work themselves,” she said.


Those interested in participating in either Friday’s or Saturday’s cleanup can call Officer Angie Hogan at 708-473-6270, or Jim Flanagan at 630-505-8375.

 


See the Oct. 1 Wednesday Journal for updates to this story.

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