Sycamore Flood Victims

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

Holding on to all her possessions, Cindy McCall waits in the lobby of a Sycamore motel Saturday....while her boyfriend, Robert Baird, checks in. The couple was displaced from the Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park Friday due to severe flooding. "You know, that's where you want to be at home, but they're telling us we can't go back in," McCall said.
For at least the next two nights, the couple's home is "Room 320" at the American Best Value Inn. Baird only managed to grab this bag of clothes and his boots from his mobile home. Mccall didn't have anything...and had to go shopping for the basics. "Shoes, underware, that kind of stuff, shorts for now." Her boyfriend says this isn't the first time serious flooding struck his home and led to evacuations. He says past experience will get him through this latest one two punch from mother nature. "I've been through four or five floods. One in 1996 was the worst. You just got to deal with that, that's it," Baird said. McCall says she's trying to make the best of it all too....and having some of her neighbors staying at the same hotel helps. "We're close out there, we're kind of like family," Baird said. The mobile home park is closed until waters recede and is ruled safe to re-enter. Mccall and Baird say that's when they'll go back and continue calling this place home for another 15 years for Baird...and 11 for his girlfriend. While the mobile home park is closed, Sheriff Deputies are monitoring the scene there, keeping residents out until it's safe to move back in. Other residents have gone to the Red Cross Shelter at the DeKalb Park District Recreation Center. They are still welcoming flood victims all weekend.

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