By: Marie Wilson
Source: Daily Herald
Trouble is, their cars were parked at the foot of the ski hill in Lisle’s Four Lakes complex when floodwaters swamped the area April 18.
More than a week later, the two vehicles — a 1991 Nissan 300 ZX and a 1996 Volkswagen Golf GTI the couple had bought just a month before the flood — don’t work.
But instead of totaling their rides, Victor, 23, and Ashley, 22, are fixing them. Step by step. From their temporary home base at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, where they and about 20 other Lisle residents displaced by flooding are spending their nights and free time in a shelter operated by church volunteers and the American Red Cross.
It’s anything but ideal, and the Atallas, while grateful for a place to prevent them from being on the streets while their apartment remains uninhabitable, say they are frustrated.
“I went from suit and tie every day to homeless,” said Victor Atalla, who is concerned about lacking transportation to a marketing internship he just accepted at a consulting company in Naperville. “This is really affecting our livelihoods.”