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Volunteers lend a helping hand after flooding takes its toll

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FOREST VIEW, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Whenever news organizations talk about tragedies, there is also usually some good news to offer. You've seen the devastating damage, but there is hope. Thankfully, there are good people out there lending a hand.

Volunteers are helping others get back on their feet after serious flooding took a serious toll across the Chicago area, especially in Forest View. The town is home to roughly 700 residents; nearly all of them had taken in water from the flood

One man has already received three days of help, from a man he doesn't even know. A Berwyn man helped get David Liska's house near 46th and Oak Park back in order. Liska was able to return to his home of 30 years after being evacuated during the storms.

"My wife and I have just been, I think Monday we both just sat and cried by the outpouring of support and the blessings that we've received out of this tragedy," Litka says.

The Village has been trying to assist residents by linking them up with volunteers.

"It means a lot," says Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Trainor. "Our village officials are just amazed at the amount of assistance we've gotten. You don't realize how much…there are still a lot of good people in the world today."

The boxes and bags of personal items and furniture had to be piled up like trash on the curbs of many Forest View streets. Front-loaders, garbage trucks and tow trucks have been working non-stop to clear the debris as the 8 ft. flood water recedes.

Liska said he has never seen storm damage to this extent – he's only seen water seepage to six inches of rain at the most in the three decades he has spent in Forest View.

He asked for help on his Facebook page when he was able to return home. Rick from Berwyn, co-workers and family members offered to come by, and then all of the sudden they were at his front door, asking where to begin.

Liska said the whole block has received help in this way, from church groups, volunteer organizations and people who have extra vacation time to spend have been helping flood victims get their lives back to normal.

Brian Shelton, whose father was affected by the flood, volunteered by doing a lot of the heavy lifting in the neighborhood.

"They needed help," says Shelton. "So there's a lot of people pitching in on a lot of the little things that mean a lot."

The Riha family can attest to that.

"He was very good with my father because my father had trouble letting go of things and he was very good, he said I understand," says Patti Riha, whose parents' home was damaged. "I don't know how you thank somebody who does this out of the goodness of his heart."

Years worth of memories have been destroyed because of this flood, but the families are forever grateful for the goodness and dedication of these volunteers.

MORE: Check out these aerial photos of the flooding in Lake County's Flickr collection.

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