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Heavy rain causes flooding, heavy traffic delays

Flash flood warnings continue until 4:30 pm for much of the north and northwest portions of the Chicago Metro area.

The rain will continue to diminish for the next few hours but more showers and thunderstorms could develop later this afternoon or this evening.

 

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Early morning rains caused delays, closures and damage throughout Chicago and the suburbs Wednesday.

The overnight rain left its mark north and northwest of the city.

Park Ridge resident Dan Chovan keeps telling himself he’s going to move. He has yet to get out of his house for good, but he did wise up after the summer flood of 2011 and got flood insurance.

“It’s worse than in  times past,” he said.

In nearby Des Plaines was a similar scene. People living along the dangerously high Des Plaines River resorted to sand bags – again. Some are even packing up preparing perhaps for the worst if more rain threatens their homes.

Susan Burrows has lived in her house for more than 20 years. She flooded four times and fears a 5th could be in the forecast today.

“All our bags are packed to evacuate,” she said.

Burrows is prepared because the river at the end of her street took over homes on her block in April. When it crested, everybody was flooded. Pink building permits and storage pods still

In Lincolnwood, residents were also bailing out from the Wednesday morning deluge.

Roads were blocked and only the brave plowed through.

The same was true in the northwest suburbs in places like Crystal Lake, Cary, Barrington, and Lake Zurich. They too were under water.

And morning commuters got a dose  if they were taking the Edens today. The expressway was shut down from Pratt to the junction slowly forcing cars onto exit ramps.  Backups could be seen for miles.

The rain even started a landslide near some Crystal Lake train tracks.

The questions remain for residents: What comes next and how soon will it arrive?

Scattered showers and even an isolated thunderstorm could yet erupt this afternoon but for all practical purposes this flooding event is winding down.  The flash flood watches have been canceled in Illinois and run to 7pm for northwest Indiana. The flash flood warnings for much of the north and northwest sections of the Chicago Metro area will remain in effect until 4:30 pm.

Additional information on this flooding episode will be posted on this Chicago Weather Center Severe Weather Blog during the afternoon.

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Flash Flood Warning extended until 4:30 p.m. for Chicago metro area

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06/26/13

Flash Flood Warning extended to 4:30 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 4:30P.M. FOR CHICAGO URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN:

-EASTERN BOONE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS
-LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS
-MCHENRY COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS
-NORTHEASTERN DUPAGE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS
-NORTHERN COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS
-NORTHERN KANE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS

According to the National Weather Service, the Fox, DesPlaines Rivers are affected by the Flash Flood Warning.


FOR LATEST UPDATES, GO TO: CHICAGO WEATHER CENTER BLOG

 

Aerial footage of flooding at a Wal-Mart in Chicagoland near Route 53 and Dundee Road. (WGN-TV)

The Metra Union Pacific/Northwest Line train in Crystal Lake near Rt. 31 and Edgewood Road has stopped because of what’s described as a small “landslide” that elevates the rails there.

A call into WGN-TV says the train had to stop and evacuate passengers.

For the latest Metra updates, go to: metrarail.com

More details as they become available – please check back for latest.

Homes and cars partially submerged as floods reached the Chicago suburb of Barrington Wednesday morning.

Chicago’s Irving Park experienced floods early Wednesday morning as rains poured down on several areas of Chicagoland. (WGN-TV)

Facebook viewer Patrick posted this video of flooding in his neighborhood in Fox River Grove

Photos sent by WGN viewers capture flooding in some Chicago suburbs

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