Flooding in Albany Park - update

September 28, 2008

If you are a resident affected by the recent flooding in Albany Park:

  • Disasters bring out the best and worst of people.  Be wary of door-to-door or direct mail solicitation from home repair businesses.  If you suspect that scam artists are preying on residents, contact 911 while they are in the neighborhood.  If you believe you are a victim of predatory lending or home repair fraud, call 311 to file a consumer complaint. It is crucial to document your flood damage. 
  • Take pictures and keep receipts of all of the items you have purchased due to flood damage.  All documentation will be invaluable when filing flood claims.
  • File insurance claims, even if you don't think your insurance covers flood damage. You need to be denied by your insurance company, prior to applying for any pending federal aid. 
  • If you are concerned about mold in your home, call 311 as soon as possible.  Ask the operator to connect you to the City's Department of Public Health and schedule an inspection.  They can give recommendations regarding necessary repairs.
  • The Neighborhood Housing Services organization is a great resource for homeowners who need help negotiating with their mortgage company.  They can be reached at 773-329-4010.  Please visit their website for more information.  

The State has included Albany Park in its application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood relief.  The President is currently evaluating the Illinois request.  We will inform Albany Park residents when the federal government reaches a decision on a relief package.
In the meanwhile, Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has announced a low-interest loan package for flood victims through the Opportunity Illinois: Disaster Recovery Loan Program.  More information about this program is available through State Treasurer Giannoulias's website.