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City gets OK to clean up hoarding couple's home

May 27, 2010 7:05:00 PM - chicagotribune.com
Project could take 10 days, officials say

A Cook County Circuit Court judge gave Chicago officials the green light Thursday to begin cleanup of a South Shore two-flat where a reclusive elderly couple were rescued this week from under mounds of debris. Thelma and Jesse Gaston may have been trapped for as long as two weeks — the last time they were seen, authorities said. Judith Frydland, acting deputy counsel for the city, estimated the cleanup of the yard, home and garage in the 1500 block of East 69th Street could take about 10 days. It is scheduled to begin Friday. Judge James McGing authorized the Cook County Public Guardian's Office to investigate whether the county should take guardianship of the Gastons, who are in their 70s.