What remains of Patricia Rojas' bedroom in her Albany Park basement apartment.
Courtesy of Patricia Rojas
A firefighter heads back into Rojas' building to find other stranded tenants.
Albany Park resident Patricia Rojas, 47, had intended on doing some spring-cleaning this month before she moved out of her basement apartment. And then the Chicago River flooded, claiming everything she owned. Rojas escaped by boat and more than a week later she’s still cleaning the damaged furniture and damp debris the water left behind. In good spirits despite the situation, Rojas joked that the cleaning she did Sunday was not quite what she had in mind when she was planning her spring purge.
Rojas is staying with a friend, searching for a new apartment. She is looking forward to starting fresh and is determined to keep a positive attitude.