Did you have flooding at your home during the recent heavy rains? If so, the City of Evanston would like you to tell them about it.

Cook County is in the process of seeking to have the county declared a federal disaster area, which could make funding available to individual property owners who experienced losses in the flood.

Residents are asked to submit their flood damage information to the city no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, April 26, to be submitted to Cook County. This preliminary data will become part of the county’s damage assessment to be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In order to submit data to the federal government, the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has asked all Cook County municipalities, including Evanston, to request that affected residents complete a brief survey about their losses.

The information provided does not determine whether an individual resident might receive federal assistance at a future date. Rather, the information is collected by Cook County to establish that it meets eligibility criteria for federal assistance.

If you have experienced property damage and losses, please complete Cook County’s preliminary loss survey. It’s available online.

But hurry. Deadline for submitting the information is 3 p.m. Friday.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Flooding after rains

    I live at 1611 Cleveland Street, in a single-family home owned by my wife and myself.  About 24 hours after the heavy rains, water began bubbling up through some small cracks in our basement floor, and continued to flow in for about 24 hours.  We removed about 180 gallons in that 24-hour period, using a shop-vac.  Water reached depths of about one and a half inches in some areas.  We have a false floor about 2 inces above the concrete, so most things remained dry, but the wood that supports the false floor was wet.  We have dried it out as best we can, and are now waiting to find out if mold grows beneath the false floor.

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