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Flood victims desperate for dry weather, clean up continues

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The floodwaters may be receding, but people all around Chicago and the suburbs faced their sixth day of major clean-up efforts on Wednesday.

One of the hardest-hit areas is west suburban Forest View, and residents said it's going to take a while to fully recover. Nearly 90% of the small town had to be evacuated due to rising water last week.

Residents met with Forest View city leaders on Tuesday night, to hear the next steps in the clean-up effort. FEMA is assisting homeowners, but nothing has been processed yet.

"It's just amazing, you would never think something like this would happen in the small town of Forest View," Shari Gill said. "Just seeing them take my stuff away is just heartbreaking right now."

Thankfully, the Des Plaines River has started to recede and the latest round of wet weather shouldn't have much impact on river levels.

Flood-weary homeowners and sandbaggers across the Midwest are praying for a relenting of rains that have added more water to already swollen rivers blamed for swallowing up neighborhoods.

Even as some of the runaway rivers show signs of cresting, the recovery won't be fast or easy. The National Weather Service expects many of the waterways to remain high into next month, straining levees during the river's expectedly slow descent.

Floodwaters were rising to record levels along the Illinois River in central Illinois. In Missouri, six small levees north of St. Louis were overtopped by the surging Mississippi River, though mostly farmland was affected.

The biggest troubles were in Illinois, on the Illinois River. In Peoria Heights, roads and buildings are flooded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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