Who’ll Stop The Rain

(Continued)

For the displaced tenants, things seemed to go from bad to worse. At the time of the flood, a large film crew working on the Transformers 3 movie was in Chicago. Also, Ford Motor Company had brought a large group of staff and attracted an even larger contingent of media members to the city to unveil its new model of Explorer SUV in the city’s Millennium Park. Along with the normal throng of visitors who vacation in Chicago during the summer months, every medium priced hotel room in or near the Loop -was filled. On top of this, insurance companies did not cover most losses experienced by tenants because flood insurance is not part of standard homeowner insurance policies. Not a single tenant could be found living in the complex who had purchased a flood insurance policy, simply because the idea that they could ever become victims of a flood while living in the Chicago Loop, in a residence at least forty feet above street level, never occurred to them.

Cars were inspected by fire fighters, and marked with spray paint.

Some tenants, having initially been informed that they could return to the building in a few hours, didn’t bother to take many belongs with them when they evacuated the facility. While those with family and friends living nearby found shelter quickly, others were left to fend for themselves in area homeless shelters or, in some cases, sleeping in cars on the street at night.