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Residents along Des Plaines, Fox Rivers try to deal with flood damage

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DES PLAINES, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Flood water has devastated many parts of the Chicago area. Lake County was hit very hard by Thursday's storms - and is, quite frankly, a lake. Des Plaines residents had a lot to deal with Friday.

More than five inches of rain fell in the county on Thursday into Friday, causing major flooding along the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers. The Des Plaines River is expected to reach 11 ft - about 6 ft over flood level.

Forest View residents had to be rescued from the water by emergency crews Friday, after trying to wait out the flood. Officials who spoke with residents who have been there over 50 years called this flood "unprecedented."

Officials say 85 to 90 percent of Forest View residents have taken in the flood waters from the Des Plaines River.

Rebecca O'Gara and her friend had to be pulled from their home as water consumed their apartment in the basement.

"We picked everything up and grabbed as much as we could and the waters coming out of the walls, out of my basement windows," O'Gara explains. "And by the time we got up and ran to my other friend's house whose on Maple right there it was already going up."

Other residents on Maple, including the Hinds family, were also pulled from their home to dry land.

"My husband, he went over there to save his friends and he looked and everything's gone, everything," Hinds says. "It's just crazy, we're homeless now, I could just say. We lost everything."

Residents weren't the only ones affected. Fire and police also had to be evacuated after their building was filled with three feet of water.

"A lot of the people that are here today, firemen and police, they're also village residents and their houses are underwater and there's nothing they can do," says Public Safety Director Larry Brouk. "So their dedication is…honorable."

Officials estimate that close to 1,000 homes could be affected by the rising water. Albany Park's streets are still deep under the water, and residents are trying to salvage what they can.

More than 200,000 sandbags were handed out, but it likely won't be enough to prevent massive damage.

Even parts of the county that saw minor flooding are bracing for the worst with more rain expected next week.

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