CRYSTAL LAKE – As rain pounded McHenry County last Wednesday, water began seeping into Senior Service Associates in Crystal Lake.
The nonprofit agency, which provides services to area senior citizens, had a half-inch of standing water throughout its main room, hallways and offices.
The cleanup and drying caused the agency to cancel appointments and activities, with limited activities just starting back up Wednesday.
“It was so overwhelming,” said Meg LaMonica, associate director at Senior Service Associates. “You can't imagine how you're going to move everything in your office and have some sense of order again.”
The total cleanup is expected to cost $20,000, LaMonica said.
“In these times, with the state the way it is and our budget being tight, it's a little unnerving,” she said. “It's going to take away from other things we can do. It could affect us.”
Office files and books were damaged, and it took the agency at week to dry out from the flood. But one of the worst results of the stormwater was the stench, LaMonica said.
“You just kind of want to turn around and walk out,” LaMonica said.
Senior Service Associates has offices in McHenry, Kane and Kendall counties, serving more than 28,000 Illinois senior citizens. The agency offers help with legal issues, long-term care facilities, utility assistance and veterans' issues, among other issues.
The Crystal Lake location hosts bridge, pinochle, line dancing, arthritis exercises and fall prevention classes, all of which were canceled during the cleanup.