Cook County received $83.6 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding in response to the disastrous flooding of 2013.
Those funds are earmarked for flooding issues in Cook County only and cannot be used for any other purpose. Up to $9,236,410 is available to purchase the properties with both HUD funds and funds provided through the water reclamation district, Hornstein said.
The crowd of about 200 people at the meeting appeared to be split in terms of those who were open to the purchase program and those who want to continue to call Riverside Lawn home.
Diane Gryglak said she has lived in Riverside Lawn for 30 years and is almost an empty nester. Gryglak said she has weathered through numerous floods and has lost her share of washers, dryers and other items normally found in basements. For her part, she said she was ready to go.
“But I can’t give it away,” Grylak said. “All my money is tied up in my house. If the offer isn’t right, I can’t go anywhere.”
Gryglak added she believed that taking advantage of the buyout was probably the best thing she can do, considering the difficulty of selling a house in Riverside Lawn.
With the publicity surrounding the flooding issue, it will soon get even harder, she said.