FEMA Opens Disaster Center

11/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Craig Kanalley Chi-Town Daily News

The new FEMA Disaster Relief Center in Albany Park was up and running yesterday, but there were few visitors. The office is new and word of it has yet to spread through Chicago neighborhoods socked and soaked by a monster rain storm in mid-September.

The folks visiting the site yesterday for relief includes Lexi Parish, 24, of Brookfield. Her basement apartment there filled like a swimming pool during the Sept. 13-14 storm.

"I lost everything," says Parish, who lives near Forest and Washington avenues. "I just moved back to my parents' house and was living in the basement of the apartment. I was there about a month."

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