Foundation acts to help flood victims

The recent flooding in McHenry County has left nearly 100 households mostly in Crystal Lake and Cary scrambling for ways to repair their soaked homes and damaged possessions.

Last week’s thunderstorms that dumped nearly a half of foot of rain throughout the area and swelled the banks of the Fox River wreaked havoc on numerous homes without flood insurance, predominantly in neighborhoods away from the river in Crystal Lake and Cary.

David Christensen, the McHenry County Emergency Management director, said the county so far can’t meet the criteria for federal emergency assistance to help the affected homeowners.

“Because we got so much rain so quickly, they got impacted, and it made it tough for them,” he said. “They lost clothing, food in their refrigerators and items in their basements. It’s been a pretty tough time for them.”

The damage has left the homeowners to manage the cleanup effort on their own. The flooding has caused between $5,000 and $25,000 worth of damage to individual homes throughout the county, Christensen said.

With no immediate assistance in sight, Christensen contacted the McHenry County Community Foundation on Wednesday for help with raising local donations to assist the affected homeowners.

Robin Doeden, the foundation’s executive director, said any interested person can visit the foundation’s website to donate or mail donations to the foundation’s office.

The group has no fundraising goal in mind, since the objective is to get as much assistance to the 100 households as quickly as possible, Doeden said.

“Anybody who is willing, able and interested in providing financial assistance to these families can do so through the McHenry County Community Foundation,” she said.

Doeden approached Christensen nearly a week ago about offering help to those affected by the recent spate of flooding to hit the county.

It represents the first time the foundation has mobilized donations to address an immediate emergency, Doeden said.

“We are a local organization, and our goal is to help the local community,” Doeden said. “This is a great opportunity to use our services.”

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