Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Desai family had their power restored about noon Thursday.
The Desai family had power restored about noon Thursday, ending a difficult few days for their daughter, who is dependent on a feeding pump. Reva Desai, 4, and her mother, Palak, resorted to charging the feeding pump at Norma’s Coffee Corner, 189 W. Northwest Highway, on Wednesday morning after losing power Monday. The family has lived in the Palatine Commons subdivision for about 18 months. The family’s story, which appeared Wednesday on Patch, generated several offers of help – such as paying for a hotel room for the family – from members of the Palatine community. “I really appreciate it,” Palak Desai said. “I can’t even tell you how difficult it’s been.” Reva Desai has serious digestion issues. She is fed and hydrated by a pump. Like …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Reva Desai, 4, is dependent on a feeding pump to survive.
UPDATE: Power Restored For Little Girl on Feeding Pump The ongoing power outage from Monday's storm has become a matter of survival for 4-year-old Palatine resident Reva Desai. Reva was born with serious digestion issues that force her to be fed by a pump connected directly to her stomach. After two full days without power, the battery ran low. "It's about survival," said her 35-year-old mother, Palak. "It's about getting her needs met." On Wednesday morning Palak and Reva were at Norma's Coffee Corner, 189 W. Northwest Highway. Norma's had power, allowing Palak to plug in the feeding pump. It also gave her a chance to charge the battery. "I've been trying to do a makeshift fridge in a cooler," Palak said, adding that she harvests ice from…
Lake County has declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of Monday's storm as power outages continue.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Two days after a powerful summer storm whipped through the area, nearby Lake County has declared a state of emergency. The Monday storm caused widespread damage and extensive power outages. To assist with the response efforts, Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman proclaimed a "State of Emergency" in Lake County. Palatine is located in Cook County, but borders Lake County. The declaration by Lake County facilitates the sharing of resources and supports Lake County's request to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for assistance with debris removal. While it isn't clear that any state or federal disaster assistance will become available, Lake County Emergency Management is compiling initial damage and cost assessments from communitie…