Category: Weather

Heavy, Constant Rain Leads to First-ever Pumpkin Patch Parade Cancellation

Saturday, October 4, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The nearly non-stop rain on Saturday has flooded parts of the Des Plaines River and thrown a wrench in many people’s plans, particularly those looking forward to enjoying the annual Maywood Fine Arts Pumpkin Patch Parade.

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Broadview Taking Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Wednesday, August 30 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Feature image: Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise. | Wikipedia

The Broadview Fire Department will be taking donations for Hurricane Harvey victims from now until Friday, and perhaps later, according to village officials.

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Homeowners Hit by 2013 Flood Could Receive Up to $25K Grant Money

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A sunken vehiclei during flooding in River Grove | John Trilik/National Weather Service via Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Debra Shore

Sunday, August 14, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || @village_free 

Homeowners whose properties were damaged by the severe storms and flooding that hit the Chicago area between April and May 2013 may be eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant money for cleanup efforts and to help with various flood-proofing measures, such as the installation of backwater valves and overhead sewers.

According to a Village of Bellwood release on the program, the Residential Resilience Program (RRP) “provides monetary assistance in the form of a grant to homeowners of owner-occupied, single-family homes (1-4units) whose residences were affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred throughout the Chicago area between April 2013 and May 2013 (referred to as the Presidentially Declared Disaster).”

Residents of suburban Cook County whose household income is up to 80 percent of the area median income for cook County are eligible for the grant program. Homeowners whose properties are “are within or adjacent to current or proposed efforts in flood mitigation and storm water management as undertaken by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago” will receive priority.

Click here to see the program’s current income limits.

“It is likely the majority of assistance will include backwater valves, overhead sewer and landscape grading,” the Bellwood statement notes. “Other activities may include removal or abatement of any health hazard in the home such as mold, asbestos or lead-based paint; installation and/or replacement of sump pump and French drains; foundation wall repair; replacement of gutter, down spouts and, if needed, roofing; and rainwater capture and retention.”

Fixtures that are eligible for reimbursement through the program include boilers, hot water heaters and furnaces. Property such as TVs, power tools, computers and exercise equipment aren’t eligible. In addition, residents who have already completed home repairs aren’t eligible for the grant. VFP

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Timber! Resident Reaction to Saturday’s Storm Highlights Maywood’s Dead Tree Problem

Maywood Storm III

A tree that fell in back of a home on the corner of 8th Avenue and Randolph, downing power lines and destroying a fence in the wake of last Saturday’s storm. Below, Emma Smith points out dead trees near her home as she dispenses with branches from her backyard. Photos by Michael Romain.

Maywood Storm VMonday, July 20, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

MAYWOOD || Emma Smith, a Maywood resident who rents at 401 S. 12th Avenue, was picking up tree branches in her backyard on Sun. July 19, a day after a short, but mighty storm swept through town, uprooting whole trees and debranching limbs.

Smith’s house was relatively unscathed, but she said there were several homes nearby that sustained lots of damage. A block away, on the 400 block of South 13th Avenue, a home partially covered in blue tarp just missed being levelled by a tree at least 30 feet high. It had landed in the front yard, its branched top flowing into the house next door.

Smith pointed to two trees in her yard, one hovering above the roof of her home.

“Both of these are dead,” she said. “There are a lot of dead limbs all through these trees. They haven’t been planted that long ago, though. They really need to come down.”

Smith’s complaints of dead trees, or tree limbs, hanging precariously over her property was one repeated constantly during Sunday’s walk through the village. I started on 1st Avenue and ended on 20th Avenue, encountering three people who were attempting to cut down dead branches on their own before the next storm sends them hurling through a bedroom window or into the windshield of a moving car on the street below.

It’s not a stretch, even from even this cursory assessment of the storm’s damage, to conclude that the village is inundated with the dead branches of old and dying trees that hover precariously over homes and side streets. Some of them, like a dead branch in front of the home of Leonard (he declined to give his last name) at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Warren Street, seemed poised to fall down with the next strong breeze.

“Mine got a big crack in it,” he said. “It’s about to come down. Every time somebody from the village come over here I’m going to let them know about it.”

Leonard said he’d seen village-owned trucks drive through the area on Saturday night, but didn’t pick up anything.

“They came by with a truck that had a little trailer behind it with branches on it. They passed all of this stuff up. They came by last night with two trucks and a loader and they didn’t have anything on the loader and nothing on the back of the trucks.

“This is about the worst that it’s been,” he said. “I suppose the village doesn’t want to pay overtime if they don’t have to. This is a small village, so I understand that. I just thought they’d pick this stuff up yesterday. I guess they’ll get to the worst stuff first.”

Several houses down from Leonard on 2nd Avenue, two unidentified homeowners were evaluating the extent of the damage outside of their homes.

“The manager showed up yesterday,” said one man who was concentrating on taking down a dead branch from a tree in front of his home. He said the storm had ruined his deck.

“They’re supposed to come by tomorrow and move all of this stuff,” he said, referring to the stray stumps and branches in the street.

The side of a home at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street was almost wholly obstructed by one-third of a tree that had cracked at the base and was now lying on its side, blocking access to the porch.

One woman who was standing outside of the house talking with a friend about the damage said her mother lives in the house. She said the tree is very old.

“My mother wanted them to at least trim the tree a little bit so it wouldn’t be as heavy with all the branches,” she said. “Now, it’s an even bigger problem.” VFP

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Keep Cool! Heat Advisory for Sat. July 18 — Maywood, Nearby Cooling Centers Listed

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Area senior citizens take a break from the heat index inside the 200 S. 5th Avenue Multipurpose Building today.The building is one of several cooling centers in the area for people to get out of the scorching sun. Photo courtesy Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.

Friday, July 17, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

According to the Chicago Tribune:

“The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Saturday when temperatures are expected to be in the middle 90s but it will feel like 105 to 110 degrees.

“The advisory is for the entire Chicago metropolitan area, according to weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi.

“We’re looking for the highs to get up into the mid-90s with the heat index peaking between 105 and 110 on Saturday,” Izzi said. The heat index “essentially is what it feels like,” he said,

Another indicator is the dew point, which is expected to climb well into the 70s on Saturday, which should be mostly sunny.

One of the highest dew points ever measured in the Chicago area was during the deadly heat wave of 1995, when it hovered in the low 80s, Izzi said. “That was extraordinarily rare.”

Thunderstorms are possible Saturday night and on Sunday, when temperatures should peak in the 80s.

“It will be not be quite as hot as Sunday but still humid,” Izzi said.

Monday will be less humid, and Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be typical summer days with highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 70s.

Cooling centers near you

“As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, the Governor has made over 120 state facilities available as cooling centers,” according to Keep Cool Illinois. “The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days. Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. For more information about DHS Cooling Centers, please call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154 during normal business hours.”

The nearest cooling center designated by Keep Cool Illinois — listed within 5 miles of the 60153 area code — is in Melrose Park, according to the organization’s web page:

  • MELROSE PARK – WEST SUBURBAN
    DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
    2701 WEST LAKE STREET
    MELROSE PARK, IL 60160-3800
    Distance: 1.6 Mile(s)
    41.89511571-87.86572425

Here’s a partial listing of other cooling centers in Maywood:

  • The Police Station at 125 S. 5th Ave.
  • The Maywood Multi-Purpose Building at 200 S. 5th Ave.
  • The Maywood Public Library at 121 S. 5th Ave.
  • Also know that there’s nothing wrong with seeking temporary respite from the heat in air-conditioned fast food restaurants.
  • And if you want to keep cool in a very fun way, there’s the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center: Click on the image below for pool information.

Kids Have Fun At Fred Hampton Pool

MORE LETTERS: Frustration Over Village’s Attempts at Snow Removal Mounting

Friday, February 6 || COMMUNITY EDITOR

Fed Up!

I agree completely with John Yi and his comments regarding Public Works and it’s inability to provide proper functions. I would like to know what their job description states as to their responsibilities. I have been living in Maywood since 1990 and it was beautiful. You could drive down our street and the trees were beautifully arched over the streets. It was a sight to behold.

Now you can barely get them to pick-up a tree limb, dead animal or trim the trees so they would not break so easily. I know this sounds crazy, but why is it my responsibility to maintain a tree that limbs break and do not fall but stay entwined in the tree to remove. After all I didn’t plant it and I didn’t cause tree to break. I receive a tax bill and see funds allotted for Maywood so why am I the one who is doing the work.

When I think of how the commissions were “dismissed”  for no reason except more of our personal information was needed by the new mayor–this was outrageous. She listed some ordinance as justification for dismissal. Why should that info be given when the work was done on a volunteer basis and none of us were paid? It was not like there was money changing hands yet they were treated as if we were employees. The village should review the procedures for processing volunteer workers and should have thanked them for the countless hours they donated and not firing them. Of course they might have been re-hired based on the submission of a new application and Mayor’s decision. That was cold and heartless and it also told us how the officials felt about these committees.

I will not begin to discuss these items, but they need to be mentioned: Paving of the alleys, Snow removal on a timely basis and proper disposal of snow and repairing the streets. Maywood does not begin and stop on Fifth, Madison Streets etc. ( It looks like the message you are sending is “Put on your Sunday best, but you can’t go out and play.”) So only the good part of Maywood will be seen by visitors/commuters. We sit between River Forest and Bellwood and they have new streets. Why is Maywood the village with bad streets? Is it to wake the drivers up?

I am thoroughly upset with the village, as it seems that the more we want to change and upgrade it, the more our government is too busy fighting – it seems like everything is about who has the power!!! The villagers should have the power to be heard and something positive to be done and not discussed to death. If they would stop battling over petty issues such as microphones and get up and work to better our village it might return to a pleasant environment. We have so many people driving the wrong direction on a one way street, and yes they know it is a one way but it is shorter to do this than go around the block. They also have a drive-thru (drugs I assume).

The first car places order, drives here and parks then delivery car comes and drops off order. Now tell me if that isn’t better than McDonald’s drive thru. And guess what not a police car in sight. These may seem like small infractions but they are things plus more that need to be addressed so Maywood can become the respected village it should be. Police and people should be more vigilant in its approach to maintaining a safe environment for our children  as well as villagers.

All I want to see is more work from Public Works ( instead of contracting it out to other companies) more police presence and a government that woks for the villagers and not getting bogged down with petty issues or power competitions Bring Maywood back to it’s proper place in History, Present and Future. We owe it to our ancestors, family and future generations – Do It Now.

Villager with a Lot of WHY’S,

E. Williams

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