Flooding causing havoc in Chicago

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Torrential rain caused massive flooding in the city of Chicago Thursday.

A sinkhole swallowed three cars in the South Deering neighborhood on Chicago’s Southeast Side near the intersection of 96th and Houston.  Emergency crews arrived on the scene just after 5 a.m. after two cars had been pulled under – the hole quickly grew from 20 feet to 40 feet.  A few hours later the ground caved under the parked car.

The driver of the silver pickup truck was on his way to work when the hole opened up and he drove into it.  Fortunately he wasn’t seriously injured.

Before the cars could be pulled out, city workers had to secure the edges of the sinkhole with metal plates.  The first vehicle- a silver pickup truck, was pulled out about 2p.m.  The next one, about a half hour later and the third car was pulled out about 3:30 p.m.

According to the City Water Dept the water main that broke is 98 years old.  Add the pounding rain from last night, and the situation got ugly.  Water service in the neighborhood was knocked out.

Widespread flooding throughout the city caused serious headaches for people trying to get to work this morning.  One intersection or underpass after another was blocked off.

On the northwest side in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, the Chicago River spilled over.  On the Southside, hundreds of basements quickly filled up with water

After assessing damage in areas hard hit by the massive storm, Gov. Pat Quinn is expecting to decide on Friday whether to declare communities disaster areas.

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