The April showers came with a vengeance this year and our communities that make up the Lisle Area Chamber definitely felt the effects of heavy rainfall and flooding.
We are pleased that several of our members who were most affected are in the recovery stage.
Rayme’s, the popular restaurant at Route 53 and Burlington in Lisle hopes to reopen by the first part of June.
Lisle Lanes is working on restoring their lanes and is planning for an August re-opening.
Lisle Savings Bank on Maple Ave had extensive damage but the operations are complete on Main Street in downtown Lisle with extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. These hours will continue until at least the middle of May.
Snow Valley Nursing Center took a major hit with the flood and future plans were not made available at the time of this writing.
Blake Lamb Funeral Home has reopened.
A special thanks goes to Shane Beard of Fast Signs of Naperville who offered free signs to any of the businesses affected by the flood. Several of our members took advantage of this offer.
The chamber has also participated in a group to assist the flood victims. We have brought together the various service organizations which are collecting money and items for those in need. We are doing our best to keep our members informed of these activities.
The village of Lisle has done a fantastic job of helping with flood relief efforts. The staff has put in many extra hours to answer questions, do home inspections and provide referrals for assistance.
The elected officials and spouses have also volunteered their time to help. We thank them for the tireless hours they have put in to help the affected residents and businesses.
Mayor Broda and Village Manager Sprecher have organized a huge effort to move toward normalcy. Check the village website at www.villageoflisle.org for daily updates.
Finally we thank all of our members for their continued support. The Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce is very strong and the staff and board of directors is working hard to keep it that way.
Tom Althoff is president and CEO of the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce.