Flooding from overnight storms affecting expressways, CTA and Pace

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Fast and furious storms overnight brought more flooding for the Chicago area, affecting the expressways,  CTA and Pace.


Expect heavy delays on the Eisenhower Expressway due to flooding that blocked nearly all lanes early this morning.  All lanes have now reopened.

Kennedy Expressway still closed outbound at Kimball due to a 3 semi accident.  Express lanes outbound are open, must get in express lanes at Diversey in order to avoid.


CTA Blue Line service was temporarily suspended this morning between Forest Park and Harlem-Congress due to flooding, but the CTA says trains are now moving.

However, travelers should expect delays and allow extra travel time.

#79 79th Buses are temporarily rerouted in both directions via 79th, Dame, 83rd, Western due to street blockage.


As a result of flash flooding 9 Pace bus routes are delayed this morning in the near southwest suburbs.  The bus routes were scheduled to start at 4:30a.m. and have been delayed at least one hour since drivers are not able to access the garage.

List of impacted routes:

379 Midway - Orland Square

381 95th Street

382 Central - Clearing

383 South Cicero

384 Narragansett/Ridgeland

385 87th/111th/127th

386 South Harlem

390 Midway CTA Station - UPS Hodgkis

395 95th/Dan Ryan CTA Station - UPS Hodgkins


Despite reports of delays at O'Hare and Midway airports Friday morning, operations returned to normal by 7:45 a.m.

According to a preliminary report by the National Weather Service, Midway received 4.45 inches of rainfall since about 1 a.m. Friday.

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