Lisle couple left homeless one month after devastating floods - KMSP-TV

Lisle couple left homeless one month after devastating floods

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Victor and Ashley Atalla stand in front of the rental car they have lived in since the shelter where they were staying closed. Victor and Ashley Atalla stand in front of the rental car they have lived in since the shelter where they were staying closed.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It was nearly a month ago that flood waters overran the towers at Four Lakes, shorting out the power and forcing everyone out of the buildings. Now, the management company is offering a bleak assessment about when people can return.

Victor Atalla has managed to get his car running again after it was flooded out last month by the flooding in Lisle, but he and his wife have had to live out of a rental car for more than a week because they have nowhere else to stay.

"Maxed out my credit card on the rental, food is expensive eating out all the time, it's very frustrating," Atalla says. "I lost my job, both of our cars were under water so without this rental I don't know where we'd be."

Now the couple is broke, and tonight they have to turn in the rental car.

Darlene Jenkins, a neighbor who was also flooded out, has offered to let them stay at the hotel she's staying in thanks to a charity, at least for Monday night.

Jenkins met the Atalla's at the Red Cross Shelter, which shut down on May 4, because everyone said they had a place to go. Jenkins is appalled at the response from Marquette Management, which runs the Towers at Four Lakes.

"I think it's ridiculous," Jenkins says. "I really do that they cannot do something I mean with all the money that they have and with all the properties that they have, they could at least give them a month free someplace, in one of their vacant units."

A partner with Marquette said the Towers are uninhabitable until the electricity gets restored, but that could take until the first of second week of June. The electrical system was shorted out by the floods which swamped the complex nearly four weeks ago.

"They could be doing a lot more," Ashley Atalla says. "They keep sending us emails we miss our residents, hope to see you soon, but are they really doing all they can to get us back in our homes?"

While the Atalla's wait, having lost their jobs because their cars were ruined by the flood and they could not get to work, they have found another friend in neighbor Mike Potesta. He got Bass Pro Shops to donate two tents and four sleeping bags so the Atalla's would at least have someplace to sleep.

"Because these guys are sleeping in rental cars, we figured a tent and sleeping bags would probably be a better option for them," Potesta says.

Checks can be made to the "Flood Victims of Four Lakes Lisle" fund and sent to American Chartered Bank located at 4685 Winfield Road in Warrenville. The bank says 100% percent of all donations will go directly to the Lisle victims.

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